TAIPEI: ASUS HAS NOT FAILED to meet expectations again at Computex this year, unveiling yet another range of products, including two tablets aimed at the more fashion conscious among us.
Powered by Intel processors, the ZenPad tablets will come in two models. The ZenPad 8.0 features an Intel Atom X3-C3200 chip running at 1.2GHz and 1GB or 3GB RAM, and the more powerful ZenPad S 8.0 is powered by a 64-bit Intel Moorefield Z3580 running at 2.33GHz alongside 4GB RAM.
Asus said that it will be the first company to ship with these new Intel chips globally, running on the firm's Silvermont architecture.
The less powerful Asus ZenPad 8.0 features an ARM Mali 450 MP4 GPU, but the ZenPad S 8.0 features a PowerVR G6430 GPU running at 533MHz.
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 also has an array of advantages over its weaker sibling, such as a 2K 2048x1536 resolution IPS display over a 1280x800 screen, a USB Type-C port instead of microUSB, and a 2mm slimmer chassis.
Nevertheless, during the announcement of the devices on stage Asus chairman Jonney Shih suggested that both tablets are more about their appearance than what's going on inside.
"We redefine what a tablet can be with the ZenPad series, [offering] unrivalled customisation for a mixture of fashion and technology, serving as a companion to carry your essentials in style," he said.
Both feature Asus' Zen UI user interface design, and will launch alongside a series of fashion cases and accessories. Asus demoed just how fashionable they can look by parading the tablets around on stage in a cat walk manner with some gaunt looking models.
In true Asus style, we don't yet know the prices or availability of the tablets, but check back soon for our hands-on review.
Asus also announced an all in one desktop at Computex on Monday, which the firm said features the "world's first" USB 3.1 Type-C slot for faster and easier USB connections.
Described as "designed for extreme performance", the Zen AIO features the latest intel i7 Core processors, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics with 4GB of GDDR, a 512GB PCI SSD and a whopping 32GB of RAM.
"The Zen AIO brings the most immersive multimedia and gaming experience with lightning fast PCI-e generation 3.0 SSD, four times faster for read and write speeds," said Shih.
There's also voice recognition for Windows Cortana and an Intel RealSense camera for 4D gaming and applications.
But that wasn't all. The firm also revealed a narcissist's dream gadget: a smartphone dedicated to generating the "perfect you".
The ZenFone Selfie (yes, really) has 13MP front- and rear-facing cameras with a number of face-enhancing features such as real-time ‘beautification', dual real-tone flash, and laser focus for sharper face snaps, all of which the firm says is ideal for "capturing life moments". µ
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