ASUS Unveils ZenBook 3 Notebook That's Faster, Lighter, and Thinner Than the MacBook [Video]

ASUS Unveils ZenBook 3 Notebook That's Faster, Lighter, and Thinner Than the MacBook [Video]

Posted May 31, 2016 at 3:00pm
by Yoav Levytam
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ASUS has unveiled its new ZenBook 3 notebook that is faster, lighter, and thinner than the MacBook. It features an 11.9mm chassis that weighs just 910g.

To achieve its amazing lightness without compromising strength, ZenBook 3 is crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, a premium material that is 50% stronger than the standard alloy used in laptops. As well as being strong and light, this material is also supremely elegant and features the signature ZenBook spun-metal finish. ZenBook 3 is available in three exclusive colors — Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey — and a special 2-phase anodizing process is used to create stunning golden highlights on the diamond-cut edges.

The ZenBook 3 is outfitted with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of 2133MHz RAM, up to a 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, a next-gen USB Type-C port, and powerful quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon. Its high-resolution 12.5-inch display has a wide 72% NTSC color gamut and has an edge-to-edge covering of Corning Gorilla Glass 4. A slim bezel design provides an 82% screen-to-body ratio.

ASUS says it's come up with an innovative cooling system that has the world’s thinnest fan design at just 3mm. It's also equipped the ZenBook with a full-size backlit keyboard that has a 19.8mm key pitch — the same as most desktop keyboards — and 0.8mm key travel. A glass-covered precision touchpad incorporates palm-rejection technology, Smart Gestures, and handwriting support for enhanced usability. A built-in fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support gives users instant one-touch access, allowing them to sign in and unlock ZenBook 3 quickly and securely without having to type their password or PIN.

ZenBook 3 provides up to 9 hours of battery life and fast-charge technology brings ZenBook 3's battery up to 60% capacity in just 49 minutes.

The ZenBook 3 will start at $999 for the model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD but if you want the Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD it will cost double that at $1999. The notebook should ship in Q3.

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