Asus Debuts 3 ZenFone Models, Zenbo Robot, New 2-in-1s and More

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-05-31 Print this article Print
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Plus, the ZenFone 3 Ultra includes a built-in, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for user security, a 4,600mAh battery, fast charging and a USB 3.0 Type-C port for connecting the phone to other devices. The Ultra, which features WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity capabilities, will be available in Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver and Rose Pink colors.

The Asus Zenbo Home Robot

The all-new Asus Zenbo home robot is "designed to provide assistance, entertainment and companionship" to users through its ability to move independently and understand spoken commands, according to the company.

"Zenbo is designed for everyone, but he has specific functionality that helps senior family members safeguard their health and well-being as well as enjoy a connected digital life," Asus states in its announcement. "As a home care assistant, he proactively provides convenient, spoken reminders of important information, such as doctor's appointments, medication and exercise schedules, and anything else that needs to be remembered."

The Zenbo robot can also be used to monitor a home for emergency situations such as falls and can immediately notify specified family members on their smartphones, according to the company. The notified family members can then remotely control the Zenbo robot to use its built-in camera to visually check on their loved one.

In addition, Zenbo can be used to make video calls; communicate through social media; and perform online shopping, movie and video streaming and more, using voice commands and guided help. The robot can also be used to read interactive stories to children and play songs, answer the front door and more. Plus, it can assist in households by connecting to and controlling many smart home and traditional devices, including lights, TVs and air conditioners, according to Asus.

The Latest Asus Transformer 2-in-1 Machines  

The new Asus Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1 computer features a 12.6-inch display with a 2,880-by-1,920 resolution, an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of 2,133MHz memory and up to a 1TB PCIe x4 solid-state drive (SSD) drive for storage. Also included is a 13MP rear camera, a front-facing camera, a USB Type-C connector, a Thunderbolt 3 connector, and USB 3.0 and HDMI ports for additional connectivity.

The Transformer 3 Pro has an aluminum body and dual stereo speakers, is 0.32 inches thick, and is available in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray colors. An integrated metal kickstand lets users position the machine in almost any viewing angle up to 170 degrees. The included Asus Transformer Cover Keyboard is a backlit keyboard that is available in Stone, Charcoal, Taupe and Amber colors to complement the device.

Also in the Transformer 2-in-1 line is the standard Transformer 3, featuring a 12.6-inch display with a resolution of 2,880 by 1,920, seventh-generation Intel Core processors, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB SSDs for storage. The aluminum Transformer 3 includes a detachable Asus Transformer Sleeve Keyboard and Harmon Kardon-tuned audio with four speakers. The Transformer 3 comes in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray colors, while the keyboard comes in complementary Stone, Charcoal, Taupe and Amber colors.

Completing the Asus Transformer line is the Transformer Mini 2-in-1, featuring a magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis and a 10.1-inch display. The Transformer Mini runs on the Windows 10 operating system and includes a built-in fingerprint reader for security. The Transformer Mini is available in Quartz Gray for both the tablet and keyboard, or with a Pearl White tablet and an Amber, Mint Green or Icicle Gold keyboard.


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