Computex 2015: New Computers and Android Wear from ASUS


At Computex 2015, ASUS is giving users an exciting glimpse of some upcoming products, including the Zen AiO PC, the ProArt PA32Q 32" UHD monitor, the Transformer Book T100HA, the ZenWatch 2, and the ZenPad.

The Zen All-In-One (AiO) PC will initially be released in two configurations. While both will be constructed of anodized aluminum, present a slim unibody shell, and an edge-to-edge glass display cover, one model will be a higher higher-end 23.8" Z240IC, with and the otherthe second being will be a 21.5" AiO Z220IC. While the specs will differ between the models, the Z240IC will most likely have an Intel® Core™ i7 Quad-Core processor, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, and an NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics card.

Zen’s AiO systems will also have 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, which provide data data-transfer speeds up to twice as fast as USB 3.0. For those who are interested using their ASUS AiO for multimedia, gaming, or watching movies, there are also six speakers, divided up into three on each side of the unit, combined into an 8W stereo channel.

The 23.8" model will also have Intel’s Real Sense 3D camera built in. This camera may be used to add motion-sensing capabilities and is also able to function as a 3D scanner. ASUS has also enhanced their the built-in microphone to help clear up ambient noise issues and optimize speech recognition, all with the goal of improving the user experience with Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated digital assistant.

Aimed toward professionals, ASUS also announced the ProArt PA329Q monitor, a 32" Ultra HD (UHD 3840 x 2160) IPS display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 178-degree viewing angles to help eliminate color shifts and maximize viewing angles.

The Transformer Book T100HA is a hybrid laptop that upgrades its existing 10.1" 2-in-1 models with a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” X5 processor, and 4GB of RAM. It is set to launch running Windows 10, is slim at 8.45mm, weighs 580 grams, and can last for up to 14 hours before recharging is required. It will be available in Silk White, Tin Gray, Aqua Blue, and Rouge Pink. The screen resolution has also been upgraded to 1280 x 800.

The ZenWatch 2 is an Android Wear-powered device that has been designed with a digital crown and comes in 49mm and 45mm models. The default strap is stainless steel, but other options will be available. While the ZenWatch 2 is mainly powered mainly by Google’s Android Wear, ASUS has created a few custom apps, such as Watch Face Land and a Remote Camera App that will let you control your smartphone’s camera. The 49mm model will also include a battery boost feature, allowing the ZenWatch 2 to receive a small top top-up charge from your smartphone.

The ZenPad S is a premium tablet from ASUS. With an 8" display, it is powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core (64-bit) processor that features burst speeds up to 2.33 GHz. Graphically, the ZenPad S is equipped with a PowerVR 6430 GPU. The “S” in ZenPad S refers to the optional stylus. While it is an extra, the Zen Stylus was designed for the ZenPad S and features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity with a 1.2mm writing tip.

In terms of size, the ZenPad S measures 0.25" / 6.00mm thick and weighs 10.5 ounces / 298.0 grams. The screen boasts a 2K (2048 x 1536) IPS panel that offers 324 pixels per inch and also features several of ASUS’s proprietary enhancements, such as TruVivid and Tru2Life, both of which are designed to help increase screen clarity, contrast, and brightness. Optional accessories include a Clutch “fashion” cover and a Power Cover that offers an additional 15 hours of battery life.

In addition to the ZenPad S, the ZenPad 8.0 is also available. Powered by an Intel x3-C3200 processor, its interchangeable rear panel may be swapped out for an Audio Cover, which adds six speakers for DTS 5.1 surround sound. The ZenPad 7.0 and 10.1 increase the screen size to 7.0" and 10.1" respectively, and the 10.1 also has an optional keyboard. While it has not yet been specified which OS the ZenPad series will run, the entire range will have 4G LTE and Wi-Fi only models.

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