From Smartphones to a Robot, Asus Shows Off a Variety of New Products

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-06-08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    From Smartphones to a Robot, Asus Shows Off a Variety of New Products

    At the Computex 2016 trade show, Asus had something for everyone, including a trio of new flagship smartphones, 2-in-1s, laptops and even a home robot.
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    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe Smartphone
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    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe Smartphone

    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe features an aluminum alloy unibody, a 5.7-inch Full HD (1,920-by-1,080) Super AMOLED touch-screen display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, an Adreno 530 graphics processor, and up to 6GB of memory and 256GB of onboard storage, depending on the market. It also includes a 23-megapixel rear-facing main camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, a built-in rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for user security, a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging and a USB 3.0 Type-C port for connecting the phone to other devices. The Deluxe model is available in Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver and Sand Gold colors.
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    The ZenFone 3 Smartphone
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    The ZenFone 3 Smartphone

    The standard Asus ZenFone 3 includes a 5.5-inch Full HD (1,920-by-1,080) Super In-Plane Switching (IPS+) display with Corning Gorilla Glass front and rear covers for durability. Also featured are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa core processor, an Adreno 506 graphics processor, and up to 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of onboard storage, depending on the market. The handset also includes a 16MP rear-facing main camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash and optical image stabilization; an 8MP front-facing camera; a built-in fingerprint sensor for user security; a 3,000mAh battery; and WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity capabilities. The standard ZenFone 3 will come in Shimmer Gold, Aqua Blue, Sapphire Black and Moonlight White colors. All ZenFone 3 smartphone models run on the Android Marshmallow operating system.
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    The ZenFone 3 Ultra
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    The ZenFone 3 Ultra

    The ZenFone 3 Ultra is aimed at multimedia lovers, with an integrated 6.8-inch Full HD (1,920-by-1,080) touch-screen display that features Asus' Tru2Life+ Video technology which uses a high-end 4K UHD TV-grade image processor to optimize the pixels in each frame before they are displayed. The ZenFone 3 Ultra also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, Adreno 510 graphics, and up to 4GB of memory and 128GB of onboard storage, depending on the market. The phone comes with the same 23-megapixel rear-facing main camera used in the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and an 8MP front-facing camera.
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    High Performance Audio Capabilities
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    High Performance Audio Capabilities

    The ZenFone Ultra 3 also includes built-in high-performance audio using two five-magnet stereo speakers and an NXP smart amplifier, while headphone listeners using certified headphones can experience Hi-Res Audio (HRA) using the handset. Also featured are 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.
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    The Asus Zenbo Home Robot
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    The Asus Zenbo Home Robot

    The all-new Asus Zenbo home robot is designed to provide assistance, entertainment and companionship to users, and can also be used as an in-home monitor for emergency situations such as falls. It can immediately notify specified family members of such instances on their smartphones, and can be remotely controlled to visually check on loved ones using its built-in camera. The Zenbo can also 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. Plus, the robot can be used to read interactive stories to children and play songs, answer the front door and more. And it can assist in households by connecting to and controlling many smart home and traditional devices, including lights, TVs and air conditioners.
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    The Asus Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1
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    The Asus Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1

    The 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 are 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.
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    The Asus Transformer 3 2-in-1
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    The Asus Transformer 3 2-in-1

    The standard Transformer 3 features 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.
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    The Asus Transformer Mini 2-in-1
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    The Asus Transformer Mini 2-in-1

    The Transformer Mini 2-in-1 features 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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    The Asus ZenBook 3 Laptop
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    The Asus ZenBook 3 Laptop

    The next-generation ZenBook 3 features a 12.5-inch high-resolution display with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 cover and can be configured with a myriad of processors up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of 2,133MHz RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD drive. It also includes a USB Type-C port and quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon. The ZenBook is enclosed in an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy chassis that features a signature ZenBook spun-metal finish. It is available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold or Quartz Grey colors. It has a full-size backlit keyboard, a glass-covered precision touchpad, a built-in fingerprint reader for security and fast charging capabilities.
 

When Asus debuted its latest products at the recent Computex 2016 trade show in Taiwan, it had something for almost everyone, with three new flagship ZenFone 3 models, its latest 2-in-1 notebooks, a new ZenBook 3 laptop and even a Zenbo home robot. The ZenFone 3 smartphones offer distinct choices for buyers, with each aimed at giving consumers just the right mix of features that they are seeking. The flagship ZenFone 3 Deluxe includes an advanced camera, while the ZenFone 3 offers premium design, features and performance. Completing the ZenFone 3 family is the ZenFone 3 Ultra, which is built around a large, 6.78-inch Full HD display for watching videos on the go. The Zenbo home robot is designed to provide assistance, entertainment and companionship to users, while three new Transformer 2-in-1 convertibles and a new ZenBook 3 laptop are aimed at users who need mobile machines with a good mix of features. Prices, availability dates and details on which nations and regions the products will be sold have not yet been released. Peruse this eWEEK slide show for more details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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