We gave Asus' refreshed Zenbook 3 Deluxe a brief mention during CES earlier this month. We now have the full details on the machine, whose full name is Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA. As it turns out, the changes from the original Zenbook 3 go significantly deeper than just a Kaby Lake CPU swap and the addition of a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports.
First off, the UX490UA gets a boost in screen size from 12.5" to 14" along with a four-speaker audio system, while retaining roughly the same external dimensions. The apex model is powered by an Intel Core i7-7500U dual-core, four-thread CPU and 16GB of LPDDR3 memory. A 1080p 14" IPS display covered in Gorilla Glass 5 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi round out the range-topping model's specs. Those seeking the UX490UA's build and style but with tamer performance needs can save money by picking an Intel Core i5-7200U CPU and 8GB of memory.
Storage options for the range range from a 256GB SATA SSD to a 1TB NVMe storage device. The laptop packs a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports for high-speed connectivity to external displays or other devices. Those ports can also be used to charge the machine's 46-Wh battery from a fully depleted state to a 60% charge in less than 50 minutes. Asus claims that a fully-charged battery can power the laptop for ten hours.
Asus is proud of the Zenbook 3 Deluxe's compact dimensions and style. The machine measures 13" x 8.5" x 0.5" (33 cm x 22 cm x 13 cm) and weighs a svelte 2.4 lbs (or 1.1 kg). The company says the all-aluminum unibody requires 40 steps to manufacture and that the two-tone color scheme requires a two-phase anodizing process. Haters of the keyboards found in some ultra-thin laptops might find some respite in the UX490UA's backlit keyboard with 1.2-mm key travel.
Asus didn't offer pricing or availability information, but we would imagine the Deluxe version will cost more than its predecessor. The comparably-equipped Zenbook 3 UX390UA with a Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U CPU, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and a 512GB PCIe SSD is available now for $1,540 on Amazon. Buyers will have the option of getting the Zenbook 3 Deluxe with a navy blue or silver finish.
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