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Asus announces ZenWatch 2, USB Type-C Transformer Book, ZenFone Selfie and more

By Scorpus
Jun 1, 2015
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    As usual, Asus has launched a huge selection of new products at Computex 2015 in Taipei, including a brand new smartwatch, a convertible tablet with USB Type-C, a tablet with interchangeable backs, a selfie-oriented smartphone, an all-in-one with Intel RealSense, and a professional grade monitor.

    The Asus ZenWatch 2 is the company's second attempt at an Android Wear smartwatch. It now comes in two sizes - one that fits 22mm band and one for 18mm bands - in three different body colors: silver, gunmetal and rose gold. There's also a new selection of bands that include four standard leather options, five "premium" leather, and stainless steel to match the watch's body.

    The ZenWatch 2 also features a new magnetic charger that provides faster charging, and a "metal crown" on the side of the watch that functions as a power button. On the software side, the watch runs Android Wear 5.1.1 with custom apps for health tracking and watch faces. Asus claims the watch will launch in early Q3 at an unspecified price.

    The Asus Transformer Book T100HA, the successor to last year's T100, is the company's first convertible to come pre-loaded with Windows 10. It sports a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display, an 8.45mm-thick tablet body that weighs 580 grams, and a reversible USB Type-C port.

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    Powering the T100HA is an Intel 'Cherry Trail' Atom x5 SoC and 4 GB of RAM, while Asus claims the internal battery will last 14 hours. There's no word on how much the T100HA and its accompanying keyboard dock will cost, but it should launch in Q3 for around $350, considering the price of its predecessor.

    Asus has also launched the ZenPad 8 Z380C, which is an 8-inch tablet with a 1200 x 800 IPS display, an Intel 'SoFIA' Atom x3 SoC, 1 or 2 GB of RAM, and 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. The cool feature about this tablet is its removable back covers, allowing you to add in an extra battery for 14 hours of battery life, or a six-speaker DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound array.

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    Accompanying the Z380C in today's launch is the Z580C, which is a higher-end tablet with an 8-inch 2048 x 1536 display. There's no word on when either tablet will launch or at what price point.

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    On the smartphone front, Asus announced the ZenFone Selfie, an upper mid-range device with 13-megapixel cameras on both the front (with an f/2.2 lens) and rear (with an f/2.0 lens and laser autofocus). The handset also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC and a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and like the ZenPad 8, there's no word on when the Selfie will become available.

    The Zen AiO Z240IC and Z220IC (seen at the top of this article) are two new all-in-one desktop PCs from Asus that include up to Intel Core i7 CPUs, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M discrete GPUs, 16-watts of speakers, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 with a Type-C connector.

    The 23.8-inch Z240IC comes with an Intel RealSense camera, allowing users to operate the all-in-one via gestures and log in via 3D face recognition. The smaller 21.5-inch Z220IC doesn't come with RealSense, unfortunately. Like with a number of Asus' announcements today, there is no word on pricing or availability for the Zen AiOs.

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    And finally, for those of you who are after a professional grade monitor, Asus has announced the ProArt PA329Q, a 32-inch 10-bit 4K monitor with 100% Adobe RGB coverage, a 16-bit internal lookup table, and support for the BT2020/DCI-P3 video color space. No word on availability, although the monitor should cost around $2,200 like its predecessor.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    Nothing worthwhile here for me to get excited about.
     
  3. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 159   +41

    Interested to see what features the watch has. Disappointed with the specs of the tablets. 1 or 2 GB of RAM? That's it? I don't understand why 4 GB of RAM is not the standard nowadays. It's not expensive.
     

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