This year at the Computex show in Taiwan Asus announced a great many things. In particular, the new Asus ZenBook 3. This is the company’s thinnest and lightest to date and that’s saying something. It measures 11.9mm (0.46 inches) thick and weighs just 910 grams (2 pounds). The Ultrabook has a 12.5 inch display and as we expect from the line packs an awful lot of power. Asus will offer models with up to an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor, up to 16GB of LPDDR3-2133 MHz RAM, and up to 1 TB of PCIe storage.
The top of the line model will cost roughly $2000, and the entry-level ZenBook 3 with a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of M.2 SSD storage will net around $999. Featuring a “spun-metal finish,” there will be three differing colours available, gold, grey, or blue.
The laptop will however require active cooling system as the ZenBook 3 uses 15 watt Intel Skylake-U processors rather than lower-power Core M chips we have seen in the current generation. Whilst other companies such as Acer have spent a lot of time look at how to do this without fans Asus says it managed to fit single 3mm fan inside the case in order to help dissipate heat without making the laptop thicker. Whilst this an old method it is yet well test and successful.
The Zenbook 3 has had an optional fingerprint reader added and features a glass-covered precision touchpad that can recognise handwriting, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 covering the full HD display and Harmon Kardon audio. There is only one Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C port for charging however a mini dock is available with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port is included on the dock so the unit can charge when the dock is in operation. Asus says the laptop should get up to 9 hours of battery life, and that you can charge the battery to 60 percent in 49 minutes.
In all, this looks to be a great upgrade to the the current, excellent Zenbook.