With the launch of the Six ZenFone 3 series of smartphones in India, Asus has also launched the ZenBook 3 laptop and Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1. Both are Windows 10 based and will be available from online and offline retail channels from October, and have been priced at Rs. 1,47,990 and Rs. 1,44,990 respectively.
The Asus ZenBook 3 and the Asus Transformer 3 Pro were launched at Computex 2016, alongside the ZenFone 3 series of smartphones. The ZenBook 3 is the latest salvo fired against Apple’s very popular MacBook Air and MacBook ultra-portable laptops, and Asus says it is thinner than the MacBook Air, yet faster than the MacBook.
Other highlight features of the ZenBook 3 according to Asus are that it sports the world’s thinnest fan at 3mm; has an 82 percent screen to body ratio; bears a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panel, and is claimed to have a 9-hour battery life that’s coupled with quick charging – 60 percent charge can be achieved in 49 minutes. The laptop also features a gold-backlit keyboard with “twice the key travel” of the MacBook. It weighs in at 910 grams, measures 11.9mm in thickness, and sports a fingerprint reader. To put that in comparison, the MacBook is 13mm at its thickest point, and weighs in at 920 grams.
The ZenBook 3 (UX390UA) model has been brought to India, and it features a 12.5-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixel) display, Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a choice of 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD or 512GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD, Intel HD Graphics, a 6-cell 40WHr battery, Harmon Kardon speakers, and a fingerprint sensor. It will be available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold, and Quartz Gray colour variants.
Coming to the Asus Transformer 3 Pro – the company says the laptop-tablet hybrid is thinner than Surface Pro 4, at 8.35mm. It features Harman Kardon audio with dual-front speakers that are supposedly four times as loud as the Surface Pro 4. It comes bundled with a detachable keyboard and stylus pen.
The Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) model was launched in India, and it features a 12.6-inch (2880×1920 pixels) display, Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD, a 13-megapixel rear camera that features a 2-megapixel IR camera alongside, Thunderbolt 3, full-size USB 3.0 port, and full size HDMI port. The hybrid will launch alongside a mobile hub accessory (Asus Universal Dock) for all other ports. It will be available only in its Gold colour variant in India.