ASUS has just unveiled “the world’s most prestigious laptop” . Yes, that’s what the company is calling the next gen ZenBook 3.
The laptop is built in an ultra sleek 11.9mm aerospace-grade aluminum alloy chassis, which weighs just 910 grams. With a 12.5″ 1080p screen, the ZenBook 3 is the company’s highest screen-to-body ratio of its laptop line-up with 82%. It’s also covered in Gorilla Glass 4 for extra protection.
The ZenBook 3 is thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air which makes it a serious contender for windows powered ultrabooks.
The ZenBook 3 comes with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU which is cooled by a 3mm, 16GB of 2133MHz RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD, a next-gen USB Type-C port, and powerful quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon.
The battery is 40Wh Li-polymer and can last up to 9 hours of moderate usage. ASUS says it can be fast charged via the USB type-C port to 60% in 49 minutes.
ASUS offers a USB-C Universal Dock which has a USB-type-C and a USB port, an HDMI, VGA, RJ45 and a 3-in-1 SD card reader as an option.
All of this comes at a base price of $1,499 for the Core i5 model with 512GB SSD, whereas the Core i7 version with 1TB of SSD retails for $1,999. Color options include Royal Blue, Quartz Grey and the obligatory Rose Gold.