Asus Steals The Show With Zenbo, ZenBook 3 And Asus ZenPhone 3 Series During COMPUTEX 2016

Posted: May 31 2016, 12:34am CDT | by , Updated: May 31 2016, 12:48am CDT, in News | Technology News

Asus Steals The Show With Zenbo, ZenBook 3 And Asus ZenPhone 3 Series During COMPUTEX 2016

Asus has just unveiled interesting and premium products during COMPUTEX 2016 including Zenbo the robot.


Jonny Shih, chairman of Asus explained that the ambition for the company was to “enable robotic computing for everyone” and keeping in line with this statement launched its first home robot named Zenbo at the Computex convention 2016. Although the target market for the robot appears to be children and senior citizens, Zenbo has a lot to offer. Dubbed as a “smart little companion” Zenbo is able to wheel itself around and connect itself to traditional and smart home devices.

Which means that Zenbo can connect to lights, TV, air conditioners and be able to check who’s at the door from a connected camera. Zenbo’s face doubles up as a touchpad interface which enables us to make video calls, shop online and stream videos. With the main goals of assistance, entertainment and companionship, the main target market for Zenbo is truly children and senior citizens.

Though it is still in its early days, Asus claims that Zenbo will be able to offer spoken reminders to its owners such as doctors’ appointments. In case of an emergency such as someone falling down, it will be able to notify family members via message. Impressively you can even take control of the camera and check the situation at home. Specifically for kids, Zenbo will be able to awkwardly dance and read stories aloud from its built in library.

Therefor it comes to no surprise that Asus is advocating a Zenbo developer program, which will give access to the bot’s SDK and additional information to help birth apps, all necessary to make it a success. Zenbo will come in competition with Softbank’s Pepper home robot. The both share a few similarities, but Zenbo can learn a valuable lesson from its Japanese rival; it needs a reason to exist. This could either make or break Zenbo.The cheap price tag of $599 will help sell Zenbo really well.

ZenBook 3

The ZenBook 3 is basically the MacBook air and MacBook killer because of its dimensions and power. According to Asus, it operates 1.07 times faster than MacBook Air and 1.5 times faster than the MacBook. It comes with a 12.5 inch screen and an Intel Core i7 processor, 6GB of DDR3-2133MHz RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, quad speakers, nine hours of battery, and a USB-C port.

The pricing starts at $1000 for the 4GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage and increases to $2,000 for the top-of-the-line 16GB/1TB version.

Transformer 3

Asus has launched the Transformer 3 and Transformer pro 3 under 2 in 1 category. The Transformer Pro comes with a 12.6 inch display with the resolution of 2,880x1,920, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR3-2133Mhz RAM, 1TB of SSD storage and a 13-megapixel camera.

Additionally it comes with Thunderbolt 3, a separate USB and a full sized HDMI port. Other dock features of the Pro 3 are a USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ45 LAN, and a 3-in-1 SD card-reading port. It also features a stylus; a four-speaker "Audio Pod"; and a ROG XG Station which operates as external graphic card. You can get your hands on a Pro 3 for $1000 for the 256 GB version which includes a stylus and cover too.

The Transformer 3 differentiates itself from Pro 3 by its 8GB of DDR3-1866MHz RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a starting price of $799 for the 256GB version.

ZenPhone 3 Series

ASUS also announced the ZenFone Ultra phablet. The beast is an extraordinary 6.8 inch device which has a 4600mAh battery and a 23 megapixel camera. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, Adreno 510 graphics, and has up to 4GB of RAM depending on the variant you opt for.You can get the Ultra for $479.

The Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, an Adreno 530 GPU, a 23-megapixel camera, and packs up to 6GB of RAM. The phone has a metal unibody construction and shoes no marks to locate the phones antenna.

The phone can charge up to 60% in 39 minutes with its USB-C and costs above $499.

The Zenfone 3 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, an Adreno 506 GPU, a 16-megapixel camera, and up to 4GB of RAM and is priced upwards of $249.

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