In case you missed Asus’ pre-Computex 2017 release, here’s the quick rundown:
Jonney Shih took the stage at the grand Asus unveiling of The Edge of Beyond: Their “thin and light” category of laptops and convertibles that push the boundaries of how portable ultra-portables can get.
The first of the long line ZenBooks starts with the Flip S, that, to date, is the world’s thinnest convertible to hit the market which is alsi packing all the great specs 2017 has to offer starting from the Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512SSD, touchscreen, pen, and just about the kitchen sink, at this point, for a laptop so thin it can easily be mistaken for a slap of Asus branding.
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe adds more screen to the same frame with an update on specs, of course. Asus also hit the refresh on the ZenBook Pro with a 4K touchscreen and the beefier version of the Deluxe plus a GTX 1050Ti into the mix for a more capable device when it comes to multimedia editing.
The most affordable of the bunch come in the form of the VivoBook S15 and the VivoBook Pro 15 that are basically the chunkier counterparts of the Zenbook 3 and the Zenbook Pro with the difference of an added GTX 940 and GTX 1050, respectively. This means a more decently performing laptop compared to their older selves with price affordability in mind without going too crazy in cramming all that tech into such a small space. It’s still thin and light, however, as the new language for Asus is all about the real portability of their devices.
Included into the mix, but not shown on stage, were the all-in-ones Asus Zen Aio and Vivo Aio that features FULL HD NanoEdge multi-touch display Core i7 and Core 15 processors, options of up to 16GB and 32GB of RAM, GeForce 930MX and GTX1050 graphics with varying options of SSD and HHD storages.
Here’s our live coverage of Asus: Edge of Beyond in Taipei, Taiwan pre-Computex 2017:
Right after was an interview with top management including Jerry Shen about the current and future plans of Asus.
It was interesting to note that the concept behind having both HDDs and SSDs into one laptop was not because Asus decided that it was cheaper to make, rather it’s because their customers demand it so. Jerry then mentions that Asus would want to push for SSD only devices in the future to maintain the svelte formfactor as well as the efficiency of the device.
Asked when can we see water and dust resistances on devices, Jerry only said “soon” on a note that the Zenfone 4 could have but it will depend mostly on cost efficiency and, of course, demand from consumers.
The next stages of Asus will come in the form of IoT and the places it can take Asus products including both consumer and commercial devices that will compliment each other in the future.
We were all ended in a cheerful and hopeful note expecting and awaiting the next iteration of Asus devices specially the Zenfone 4 as well as the next thinnest and fastest laptop in the market.