Asus Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage during the Zenvolution press event at the Computex 2016 to unveil Zenbo, the fisrt Asus robot, along with a stunning portfolio of third-generation mobile products designed to provide users with revolutionary functionality for persuing their passions.
The incredible line-up includes the all-new Zenfone 3 family, featuring Zenfone 3 Deluxe, the new flagship Asus smartphone with advanced camera technology that takes mobile photography to the next level; Zenfone 3, a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to users; and the Zenfone 3 Ultra, an incredibly powerful smartphone with 6.8-inch Full HD display that excels at entertainment. Also announced were Zenbook 3, an ultra-sleek and lightweight notebook with a premium aluminum design, along with Asus Transformer 3 and Asus Transformer 3 Pro, the world's most versatile PCs that feature an unrivalled combination of mobility, convenience, and expandability.
While revealing Asus Zenbo, Chairman Shih said, "For decades, humans have dreamed of owning such a companion: one that is smart, dear to our hearts, and always at our disposal. Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household."
Joining Mr. Shih on stage, Intel's Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group, Navin Shenoy said, "For nearly thirty years, Intel and Asus have been collaborating to bring some of the most innovative PCs and devices to the market. We are excited to continue that collaboration on the new Zenbook and Transformer 3 family powered by Intel Core processors, and we look forward to working closely with Asus on expanding beyond traditional clients into new, emerging markets like robotics."
Asus Zenbo, the Zenfone 3 series, the Asus Transformer 3 series, and a line-up of other all-new Asus products are on display at the showroom at the Nangang Exhibition Hall at Taipei World Trade Center. Visitors to Computex 2016 are invited to visit the showroom to experience the revolutionary functionality of these latest Asus innovations for themselves.
Asus Zenbo - Your Smart Little Companion
Asus Zenbo arose from Chairman Jonney Shih's ambition to enable robotic computing for every household. Zenbo is friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families and meant to address the needs of each family member in this ubiquitous computing era. With a full range of capabilities, including the ability to move independently and understand spoken commands, Zenbo can assist in the home and interacting with him is easy and fun.
Zenbo is designed for everyone, but he has specific funtionality that helps senior family members safeguard their health and well-being as well as enjoy a connected digital life. As a home care assistant, he proactively provides convenient, spoken reminders of important information, such as doctor's appoinments, medication and exercise schedules, and anything else that needs to be remembered. Zenbo also monitors the home for emergency situations - such as falls - and immediately responds to them by notifying specified family members on their smartphones, no matter where they are. When they receive an emergency notification, family members can remotely control Zenbo to move nearby and use Zenbo's built-in camera to visually check on their loved one. Zenbo is also a friendly companion who helps to bridge the digital divide between generations by making it easy to accomplish a variety of online tasks - including making video calls, using social media, shopping, and streaming movies and TV shows - usng voice commands and guided help.
Zenbo is also a fun and educational playmate for kids who entertains them with interactive stories and learning games that foster their creativity and logical thinking skills. With his high-quality, built-in stereo sound system, Zenbo can play children's favorite songs and even dance along to the music, making for fun playtime activity. Zenbo is also an expert storyteller who keeps children entertained during the day and helps them fall asleep at night. Zenbo includes a built-in library of stories that he tells in a variety of entertaining voices, while displaying accompanying images on his screen and controlling the room lighting to add a new level of interactivity and fun to story time. Zenbo also comes with educational games and an interactive encyclopedia that makes learning fun.
In addition to working with seniors and kids, Zenbo is also a hands-free household helper who enriches the home with a broad range os skills that make life easier and more enjoyable. Zenbo can connect to and control many smart home and traditional devices, including lights, TVs, air conditioners, and more. Homeowners can even use Zenbo's built-in screen to view visitors at the door and then unlock it with a simple voice command. He can also help out in the kitchen, reading recipes out loud and functioning as a voice-controlled timer, so home chefs can stay focused on cooking. With his built-in camera and ability to move around the house, Zenbo is a geat family photographer who helps preserve special and everyday moments alike. When homeowners are away, Zenbo provides peace of mind that their home is safe by acting as a remote-controlled home security camera that is accessible from anywhere via an intuitive smartphone app.
Zenbo supports a growing number of custom apps that expand his capabilities and bring new fetures to users. The free Zenbo Developer Program provides members access to the Zenbo SDK and a library of information that they need to bring their creative ideas to life. Additionally, Zenbo Partners can work with Asus to help build a rich, robotic ecosystem that will enhance Zenbo and enriches users' lives.
For more information about Asus Zenbo and the Zenbo Developers Program, visit zenbo.asus.com.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe - World's First Full Metal Smartphone with Invisible Antenna Design
Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the flagship model of the Zenfone 3 family and the ultimate expression of Asus smartphone design. It is constructed with a strong and light aluminum alloy unibody, and has a rear surface free of unsightly antenna lines and an ultra-thin 4.2mm edge.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe raises the bar for mobile photography with its incredible 23MP camera featuring the latest Sony IMX318 image sensor, a large f/2.0 aperture lens, and 4-axis optical image stabilization for high-resolution, blur-free, and low-noise photos in almost any lighting condition. It also features 3-axis electronic image stabilization for steady 4K UHD videos. Coupled with an Asus TriTech autofocus system that automatically selects 2nd-generation laser, phase-detection, or continuous autofocus to provide accurate and nearly-instant 0.03-second focusing and subject tracking, as well as exclusive PixelMaster 3.0 technology, Zenfone 3 Deluxe captures truly stunning photos and videos.
The Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a built-in fingerprint sensor that's perfectly positioned on the rear of the phone to sit underneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second. Quick Charge 3.0 technology reduces battery recharge times and a reversible USB 3.0 Type-C port that makes connecting chargring and accessory cable effortless.
Zenfone 3 Deluxe also excels at audio with its powerful five-magnet speaker and NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, defined sound and also protects the speakers from damage. When listenng over certified headphones, users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio (HRA) that provides up to four-times-better sound quality than CDs.
Asus Zenfone 3 - Agility, Beauty, and Clarity
Zenfone 3 is equipped with with a 16MP camera with Asus TriTech autofocus that automatically selects 2nd generation laser, phase detection, and continuous auto focus to achieve precise focus in just 0.03 seconds, resulting in sharp images in any condition.
Zenfone 3 is the first smartphone worldwide to be powered by the new Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor - the first Snapdragon 600 Series processor with 14nm FinFET process technology, an integrated X9 LTE modem, and 802.11ac MU-MIMO WiFi connectivity - PC-grade graphics and up to 4GB RAM that together deliver outstanding mobile performance with improved efficiency and battery life. Zenfone 3 has a built-in fingerprint sensor that's perfectly positioned on the rear of the phone to sit underneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second.
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra - Unleashed, Unlimited, and Unrivaled
Winner of the Computex 2016 Best Choice Golden Award, Zenfone 3 Ultra is a smartphone designed for multimedia lovers, featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a 95% NTSC color gamut for rich, vibrant images even outdoors in harsh lighting. It is the world's first smartphone to have Asus-Exclusive Tru2Life+ Video technology, which harness a hign-end 4K UHD TV-grade image processor to optimize every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, resulting in superior contrast and clarity. Zenfone 3 Ultra also excels at audio with its two new powerful five-magnet stereo speakers and an NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, defined sound and protects the speakers from damage. When listening over certified headphones, users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio (HRA) that provides up to four-time-better sound quality than CDs and the wold's first smartphone with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with DTS Headphone:X.
Like the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Zenfone 3 Ultra has an incredibly slim and elegant full-metal unibody chassis - the world's first to have no antenna lines. An ultra slim bezel gives Zenfone 3 Ultra a 79% screen-to-body ratio, maximizing the viewing area while minimizing its overall size and weight. Zenfone 3 Ultra is equipped with the same high resolution 23MP cameraltra with Asus TriTech autofocus system as Zenfone 3 Deluxe. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, Adreno 510 GPU, and up to 4GB RAM, this device delivers outstanding mobile performance. A built-in Fingerprint Sensor is perfectly positioned on the front of the phone beneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone is just a fraction of a second.
Zenfone 3 Ultra also has a high-capacity 4600mAh battery for long-lasting performance and Quick Charge 3.0 technology for rapid recharge times. Zenfone 3 Ultra even works as a powerbank with 1.5A output for quickly charging other mobile devices.
Asus Zenbook 3 - The Wold's Most Prestigious Laptop with Unprecedented Performance
Zenbook 3 delivers unprecedented performance with up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of 2133MHz RAM, up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, a next-gen USB Typde-C port, and a powerful quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon. Its high-resolution 12.5-inch display has a wide 72% NTSC color gamut and has an edge-to-edge covering of tough, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4. A slim bezel design provides an 82% screen-to-body ratio for the maximum display size with the minimum footprint. Zenbook 3 has an innovative cooling system featuring the world's thinnest fan design at just 3mm. This efficient cooling enables Zenbook 3 to achieve incredible performance in an ultra-thin form factor.
Zenbook 3 features a full-size backlit keyboard with 19.8mm key pitch - the same as most desktop keyboards - and 0.8mm key travel to deliver comfortable typing experience. A glass-covered precision touchpad provides smooth and accurate input and incorporates palm-rejection technology, Smart Gestures, and handwriting support for enhanced usability. A built-in fingerprint reader with Windows Hello supports gives users instant one-touch access, allowing them to sign in and unlock Zenbook 3 quickly and securely without having to type their password or PIN.
Zenbook 3 provides up to 9 hours of battery life for all-day computing. When it's time to recharge, fast-charge technology brings Zenbook 3's battery up to 60% capacity in just 49 minutes.
Asus Transformer 3 Pro - The World's Most Versatile PC
Asus Transformer 3 Pro has an integrated metal kickstand with a stepless hinge that lest users set the device at almost any viewing angle up to 170 degrees. The included Asus Transformer Cover Keybaord is a backlit keyboard that provides laptop-grade 1.4mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience and is available in four attractive colors - Stone, Charcoal, Taupe, and Amber - that perfectly complement the device. Asus Transformer 3 Pro has a beautiful 12.6-inch display with resolution of 2880 x 1920 and a 275ppi or pixel per inch for pin-sharp, detailed images as well and a gamut of 121% sRGB color space for rich, vibrant colors. Dual front speakers with audio by Harman Kardon provide spacious, defined sound for incredible listening xperiences.
This PC is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and has up to 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB of 2133MHz RAM for the ultimate performance. Its versatile, any-way-up USB Type-C connector supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices at speeds up to 10Gbps, and Thunderbolt 3 provides unbelievably fast 40Gbps data transfers and support for dual external 4K UHD displays. Asus Transformer 3 Pro also comes with USB 3.0 and HDMI ports for convenient connectivity. A 13MP rear camera lets users capture high-resolution photos and videos, and a front-facing camera with Windows Hello facial recognition enables users to conveniently log in with just a quick glance.
Asus Transformer 3 Pro is expandable with a range of accessories that extend its functionality and performance, giving users a new level of flexibility and convenience from a mobile device. Asus Pen is a beautifully crafted writing and drawing utensil that offers 1024 levels of precision for completely natural note taking and skecthing experiences with a high degree of control. Users can also capture photos with Asus Transformer 3 Pro's high-resolution camera and annotate them directly with Asus Pen. Asus Universal Dock is a hub that provides a full range connectivity ports, including USB-C 3.1, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ45 LAN, and a 3-in-1 SD card reader. Asus Audio Pod is an entertainment accessory that includes four powerful speakers to deliver amazing 360 degrees virtual 5.1-channel surround sound and with rich, defined bass. ROG XG Station 2 is an external graphics card dock that gives Asus Transformer 3 Pro desktop-grade graphics performance, turning it into a VR-ready gaming powerhouse.
Asus Transformer 3 - The Mobile PC, Redefined
Asus Transformer 3 is an ultra-slim compact 2-in-1 PC that provides users with the ultimate mobility, total convenience, and amazing expandability. Precision crafted from aluminum, Asus Transformer 3 weights just 695g, is only 6.9mm thin, and has smaller dimensions than a sheet of A4 paper. Its compact and elegant design is accentuated by diamond-cut edges and an exquisite spun-metal finish. Euipped with the detachable Asus Transformer Sleeve Keyboard that has 1.4mm key travel, an integral 2-position display stand, and a glass-covered precision touchpad, Asus Transformer 3 provides comfortable typing and smooth, accurate input for the best productivity and creativity experiences. Asus Transformer 3 is available in gorgeous Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray color optios. The Asus Transformer Sleeve Keyboard is available in four attractive colors - Stone, Charcoal, Taupe, and Amber - that perfectly complement Asus Transformer 3.
It has a beautiful 12.6-inch display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 and a 25ppi pixel density for pin-sharp, detailed images, as well as 450cd/m brightness and a gamut of 121% sRGB color space for rich, vibrant colors. An ultra-thin bezel that provides an 80% screen-to-body ratio, maximizing the display area while keeping the device compact and highly portable. Asus Transformer 3 delivers enhanced video performance with Asus Tru2Life Video technology, which optimizes every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, resulting in superior contrast and clarity for the best, most realistic video quality.
The Asus Transformer 3 contains four high quality speakers with audio by Harman Kardon. Each speaker is powered by a smart amplifier to deliver rich, detailed, and immersive sound, even at loud volumes. This device automatically adjusts the direction of the sound depending on the orientation of the PC, ensuring users will always enjoy optimum audio quality.
This Transformer 3 laptop is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors and has up to 512GB SSD and up to 8GB RAM that provides fast performance for work and play. Its versatile, any-way-up USB Type-C connector supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices at speeds up to 10Gbps, and Thunderbolt 3 provides unbelievably fast 40Gbps data transfers and support for dual external 4K UHD displays. A built-in fingerprint reader and Windows Hello lets users sign in and unlock Asus Transformer 3 quickly and securely without having to type their password or PIN. Asus Transformer 3 also includes a 13MP camera for capturing high-resolution photos and videos.
Asus Transformers 3 is expandable with a range of accessories - including Asus Pen, Asus Universal Dock, Asus Audio Pod, and ROG XG Station 2 - that extends its functionality and performance, giving users a new level of flexibility and convenience from a mobile device.
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