ASUS's New ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro And ZenBook Flip: Australian Price And Release Date

With a strong focus on versatility, power and portability, ASUS has unveiled its latest Zen and Transformer laptops for Aussie buyers. All the details — including price and release date — for the ZenBook 3 UX390UA, the Transformer 3 Pro T303 and the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360.

ZenBook 3 UX390

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih calls the ZenBook 3 "the world's most prestigious laptop with unprecedented performance".

The design is in keeping with the rest of the Zenbook range, focusing on thinness (11.9mm) and lightness (910-gram), whilst still being able to pack a punch in the power department. It's got aerospace grade aluminum for 50 per cent greater strength than the standard used in laptops.

ZenBook 3 is available in two colours: Rose Gold and Royal Blue. Both colour options feature a new golden metallic edge around the lid which took a special two-phase anodising process for durability. There's also a unique gold ASUS badge on the lid and a matching gold backlight for the keyboard that ASUS says "adds to its premium feel".

Under the hood is the latest Intel 7th Generation Core i7 processor, 8GB of high speed 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, a 512GB SSD, and a USB Type-C port.

The ability to fit these high performance components into its slim chassis was made possible by a 3mm thin cooling system. Using a fan with 0.33mm blades made from liquid-crystal-polymer, the cooling system also features heat pipes with walls 0.1mm thick that direct warm air away through hidden vents in the hinge for efficient, quiet cooling — even under full load, ASUS promises.

The touchpad of ZenBook 3 is larger than that of an average notebook, and features a glass coating. It also supports Windows 10's multi-touch and multi-gesture input with up to four-finger gestures. A useful optional feature of the ZenBook 3's touchpad is a fingerprint scanner in the top right corner that can be used for biometric security.

The ZenBook 3 has a 12.5-inch, Full-HD display that has full edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is framed by a 7.6mm wide bezel, you'll get a 82 per cent screen-to-body ratio, a wide 178 degree viewing angle, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 72 per cent NTSC colour reproduction. ASUS Tru2Life Video technology promises to analyse "every pixel in every video frame" to increase contrast, sharpness, and playback smoothness.

ZenBook 3 comes with a quad speaker system — two above the keyboard, and two at the front — featuring ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology ASUS says was "tuned by experts from audio specialists Harman Kardon" as part of their first partnership with ASUS.

The ZenBook 3 has two optional docking accessories — the ASUS Mini Dock and ASUS Universal Dock. These are port expansion devices that attach to the ZenBook 3 models via its USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Mini Dock is smaller and more portable, while the Universal Dock is larger but has a larger number of ports.

Through that single connection, the ZenBook 3 can access one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 3.0 Type-A port and one full-sized HDMI on the Mini Dock and one USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one full-sized HDMI, a VGA port, a RJ45 LAN port, a 3.5mm Audio jack, a 3.5mm Microphone jack and an SD card reader on the Universal Dock.

The ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390 will be available in Australia from October from Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, the ASUS Shop and "select Channel partners" from $2,699.

Transformer 3 Pro T303

The Transformer 3 Pro is focused on versatility. The 12.6-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 device comes with the new ASUS Pen with 1024 pressure levels for "intuitive creativity".

Styled in solid magnesium-aluminum alloy, with a 8.35mm thin that weighs 790g, under the hood there is a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of high-speed RAM, and up to a 512GB SSD. It also features the ThermoMaster Pro cooling system — a liquid-filled vapor-chamber cooling module that is 0.5mm thin, plus a 3mm-thin cooling fan with ceramic bearings.

Transformer 3 Pro has a USB 3.0 Type-A port, full-size HDMI connector and a micro SD Card reader, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (USB-C) port with Thunderbolt 3 for 4K UHD display output, power delivery and up to 10Gbps data transfers via USB 3.1 or 40Gbps via Thunderbolt 3.

There's "fast-charge" technology, too. The lithium-polymer battery can be topped up to 60 per cent capacity in 50 minutes.

Transformer 3 Pro is the first model in the Transformer Series to feature the magnetically-attached ASUS Transformer Cover Keyboard, which has a touchpad with support for Windows gestures. There's also a stepless any-position kickstand with 155 degree hinge that securely props the display at any angle up to an almost-horizontal 170 degrees.

The wide-viewing-angle, wide-colour-gamut display has a 3K (2880 by 1920) resolution, pixel density of 275ppi, and is enhanced with ASUS TruVivid direct-bonding technology — which aims to reduce reflections — and ASUS Tru2Life Video technology which promises clearer, sharper videos. There's also a SonicMaster Harman Kardon stereo audio system, incorporating a "smart amplifier" that uses algorithms to boost volume levels by 350 per cent, while minimising distortion.

There's full support for new Windows 10 features including Cortana with Voice and Windows Hello face-recognition login, as well as a front facing IR camera.

Included is the ASUS Pen — a high-precision active stylus with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity "to detect every nuance of movement". You can point, write or draw accurately and there's a "natural handwriting experience". The ASUS Pen is compatible with a wide range of software, from Microsoft OneNote for serious note-taking, to professional-grade tools like SketchBook for digital artists, illustrators and designers.

There are two colours, Icicle Gold and Titanium Grey with a Charcoal keyboard colour.

The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro T303 will be available in Australia from October 2016 from JB Hi-Fi, the ASUS Shop and "select channel partners" starting at $1,699.

ZenBook Flip UX360UA

The ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA inherits all the DNA of the classic ZenBook design, with a unibody chassis crafted from a single block of solid aluminum. The lid features the signature spun-metal ZenBook finish with its Zen-inspired pattern of concentric circles.

The UX360UA measures 13.9mm and weighs 1.3kg.

The robust, 360 degree any-position hinge on the new ZenBook Flip model has been reduced in size by 50 per cent, and has a "jewellery-inspired" design with an anodised finish "that adds a touch of luxury", ASUS says.

It is equipped with a Full-HD (1920 by 1080) resolution 13.3-inch panel featuring wide-view-angle technology, promising noticeably better colour reproduction and contrast when viewed off-centre compared to other LCD technologies. Combined with versatile flip capability and 350cd/m2 brightness, ASUS promises you can experience the full detail of ultra-high-resolution movies or photos.

The displays also feature a wide colour gamut — 100 per cent sRGB and 72 per cent NTSC — aiming for vivid and accurate colour rendering. ASUS Tru2Life Video promises to enhance "each pixel in every video frame", and ASUS Splendid assures vivid, accurate colours for anything you're viewing.

The ZenBook Flip UX360UA is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, which ASUS says delivers more than enough computing power for the most demanding tasks. Other components include 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to a 512GB high speed SATA 3 SSD.

You'll get 12 hours of battery life, and a wide range of ports and connectors. In addition to a SD Card reader and combination audio jack, the ZenBook Flip UX360UA has two USB Type-A ports, a USB-C port for any-way-up connections, and a full-size HDMI display port.

The ASUS SonicMaster audio system also features in this release, and a precision noise-reducing array microphone is fitted that not only makes sound recordings clearer, but also allows accurate voice interaction with Windows Cortana, for which it is certified.

All ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA models feature an ergonomic, gently backlit keyboard with full-size keys, and the large glass-coated touchpad proimises smooth and accurate navigation, as well as supporting intuitive multi-touch Windows gestures. Intelligent palm-rejection technology automatically recognises and rejects palm presses so you can type freely even if your palms are resting on the touchpad.

The ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA will be available in Australia from October 2016 from JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, ASUS Shop and "select channel partners" starting from $1,699.

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Comments

    I think you have the photos in the wrong order. The Flip photo comes before the Pro photos.

      Fixed, ta.

        You know you don't have to publish those kinds of posts.

    ...100 per cent sRGB and 72 per cent NTSC...
    NTSC? Seriously?? Why would any manufacturer aim for (and not achieve, at 72%) a 1953 standard that isn't even in use? I like ASUS kit, but why put this up as a standard?

    Check out http://www.displaymate.com/Display_Color_Gamuts_1.htm

    For those who can't be bothered, TL:DR, etc, here's an extract as to why...

    As a result, the NTSC Gamut was never really an actual Standard Color Gamut, and there is essentially no consumer content based on the true NTSC Color Gamut. Which is amusing (and annoying) because now more than 60 years later many manufacturers and reviewers are still quoting and referring to the NTSC Gamut as if it were some sort of state-of-the-art standard, when it has been obsolete and colorimetrically disjoint from most other standard Gamuts for an incredibly long time

    Last edited 28/09/16 11:05 am

      The old NTSC = No Two Same Colours, and PAL = Peace at last.

    I'm waiting for someone to make an 11.6inch notebook / flip / whatever with a corei CPU and ram that can be run in dual channel.

    My Asus 11.6" core i3 is looking a little worse for wear but with an ssd added, the 4gb of single channel (non updatable) ram still manages to keep windows 10 and autocad 2016 or Lightroom running nicely.

    Why do manufactures make laptops with core i7 with single channel ram? why pay for a top of segement range CPU and cripple its ability by effectively halving the throughput of the RAM?

    Well looks like the fucking thing still has an old charging port. BEWARE - Asus laptops are known to have a history of bricked systems all because the tiny charging connection will keep falling out eventually and the whole system is useless without being able to be charged.

      Yep. My socket is damaged internally nwo so I have to keep the cable in tension by folding it back underneath the laptop. Can't charge it while it is on my lap or on the floor anymore.

        Same as me, infuriating! I'll never get an ASUS again as long as they maintain what I consider one of the worst power plugs in the market. I think they are just too lazy to make a new one as they already have the patent for that one.

    I'm not a big fan of ASUS, but holy shit, that Royal Blue ZenBook looks gorgeous!

    Why did Asus go for DDR3 memory and not DDR4?

      At this point, DDR4 isn't necessarily superior to DDR3. It's complicated... bandwidth, speed, and latency are all factors, but to oversimplify it, it basically comes down to this (although, not exactly, because DDR4 does have slightly higher bandwidth which is harder to account for, so please keep in mind that my calculations below fail to take bandwidth differences into account, for simicity's sake).

      DDR4 has much higher latency than DDR3.
      Actual RAM performance is CAS Latency (CL) divided by Speed (measured in mhz). The lower / smaller the result, the better (i.e the more quickly it can recognize / process a request).
      As a result, DDR4 isn't always faster than DDR3, despite its higher bandwidth. For example: 1600 mhz DDR3 w. CL 10 would perform on par with 2400 mhz DDR4 w. CL 15 ( [10 / 1600 = 0.00625, and 15 / 2400 = 0.00625).

      At any given price level, you might be able to afford a DDR3 kit that's faster than a DDR4 or vice versa.

      DDR3 typically has CL ranging from 9-12, so a DDR3 kit with a speed of 2133mhz is probably going to perform pretty well. You can get DDR3 @ 2133 w. CL 10, so if we assume that's what's packaged here--as they don't provide CL numbers for us--we're looking at a representative performance decimal of 0.00468. DDR4 latency right now is typically right around 15, and you'd need a DDR4 kid with a speed of 3200mhz w. CL15 to match a DDR3 kit @2133mhz w. CL15.

      Now, without the official CL numbers we don't know that for a fact, but we can assume ASUS went with a DDR3 kit because they could offer the product at a lower price for equal performance relative to the DDR4 that was available.

        I stated:
        you'd need a DDR4 kid with a speed of 3200mhz w. CL15 to match a DDR3 kit @2133mhz w. CL15.

        It should be:
        to match a DDR3 kit @2133mhz w. CL10.
        Whoops !

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