Asus pulled the wraps off of its MacBook rival at Computex 2016, touting the Ultrabook weighs in at a scant 2 pounds (0.90 kg) and 11.9 mm (0.46-inches) thick. By comparison, the Apple MacBook .51-inches (13.1 mm) tall and tips the scales at 2.03 pounds (0.92 kg).
The weighting and thickness reductions are even more striking when you consider the previous ZenBook UX305 weighed 2.64 pounds and was 12.9 mm thick (0.51-inches).
Asus hasn’t skimped on the premium built quality either. The 12.5-inch screen is covered by a big sheet of Gorilla Glass 4 and the body of the laptop itself is made from “aerospace-grade aluminum alloy,” which the electronics firm claims to be 40 percent than most other laptops. Despite scaling down the weight and size of the ZenBook, the model 3 is a powerhouse thanks to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB PCIe SSD.
As for making it so thin, Asus explains it developed the world’s thinnest 3mm fan to keep the laptop’s Core I-series processor cool while keeping it incredibly thin. Oh and it has a fingerprint scanner for good measure and letting users sign in with Windows Hello. The ZenBook 3 also features a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port for charging to top off an empty machine back to 60% in 49 minutes.
Surprisingly all of these premium features come with an affordable price tag. The ZenBook 3 starts at only $999 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. That said, the price goes up to a more significant $1,499 with the 512 GB SSD upgrade. You can also get a top-end model of the machine with the added Core i7 processor, 1 TB SSD and 16 GB RAM for $1,999.
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So, If you were a fan of the ZenBook UX305, you’re going to love the ultra-thin ZenBook 3 that’s for sure.
Source: Tech Radar