Asus refreshes premium line-up with new laptops and Android smartwatch

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro is a 2-in-1 hybrid with a detachable keyboard cover and an integrated kickstand that lets you adjust the screen's viewing angle.
The Asus ZenBook 3 bears more than a passing resemblance to the 12-inch Apple MacBook. PHOTO: ASUS
The ZenWatch 3 is the first Asus smartwatch to have a round watch face.

SINGAPORE - Asus introduced two premium computers and a a new Android Wear smartwatch at its Zenvolution launch event today .

Leading the charge is the Asus ZenBook 3, a high-end ultrabook that appears to take its design cues from the 12-inch Apple MacBook. Like its competitor, the 11.9mm-thin ZenBook 3 has a compact aluminium chassis with a single USB Type-C port. However, at just 910g, it is even lighter than the MacBook.

Powering the 12.5-inch ZenBook 3 is Intel's latest seventh-generation Core processor. The laptop also comes with a solid-state drive (SSD) and a fingerprint sensor. The ZenBook 3 will be available from Oct 22 at a starting price of $1,998 for an Intel Core i5 model.

With an integrated kickstand and a detachable keyboard cover, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro is gunning for the same tablet-laptop hybrid segment as the Microsoft Surface Pro. Suitable for those looking for a powerful yet portable device, the Transformer 3 can be configured with high-end hardware, such as 16GB of system memory and a 512GB SSD.

Its 12.6-inch display offers a 2,880 x 1,920-pixel screen resolution that is ideal for viewing digital photos and movies. The Transformer 3 Pro will go on sale on Oct 22 from $1,898.

Asus also refreshed its Android Wear smartwatch with the ZenWatch 3. In a departure from previous models, the ZenWatch 3 now comes in a round steel chassis. Its 1.39-inch Amoled display has a 400 x 400-pixel resolution.

It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip that consumes 25 per cent less power than last year's model. As a result, the ZenWatch is said to last up to two days on battery.

To complement the ZenWatch's activity-tracking features is a new ZenFit app. The smartwatch is also suited for most physical activities with an IP67 rating for water resistance.

The ZenWatch 3 will be available in the middle of next month from $369.

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