ASUS has unveiled its new super thin Zenbook 3 latptop.
The new Zenbook 3, announced at the recent Computex event in Taiwan, weighs just 2 pounds and is 11.9mm thick.
That is about 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, the already impressive Zenbook UX305, which was just 12.9mm thick.
The Zenbook 3 is also lighter than and thinner than the Macbook, which weighs around 2.3 pounds and is a rather portly 13.2 thick!
ASUS says that the weight loss is down to the use of a new “aerospace-grade aluminium alloy” that is said to be 40% stronger than what is typically used on laptops.
Unlike the Macbook, the Zenbook 3 is far from under powered.
The top spec version comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCle SSD (which ASUS says will be much quicker than a regular SATA drive). The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 and the screen covers 82% of the front of the laptop.
The Zenbook 3 also includes a Thunderbolt3/USB-C port for charging – up to 60% in 49 minutes with 9 hours battery life. The fan is just 3mm which is described as the world’s thinnest and a fingerprint sensor is also built in.
The only downside that we can see is that the keyboard is extremely shallow but you might expect this with something that is so thin.
The Zenbook 3 will start at $999 with a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD. And if you want to give it a further, boost then you can add a 512GB SSD bringing the total price to $1,499.
Alternatively, for $1,999 you can a Core i7 processor, 1TB SSD alongside 16GB of RAM.
All this comes at a time when ASUS are launching their all new Household Robot that is said to be ‘budget’ – selling for around US$599. The new robot has arms and is capable of completing simple house hold tasks.