Asus slims down Zenbook line with Zenbook 3

We've long been fans of Asus' ZenBook, and now the company has announced a new member of the lineup, the ZenBook 3, along with a slew of other shiny new devices. This model slims down dramatically from our old favorite, the UX305 series, but holds on to some impressive specs nonetheless.

Asus says the new ZenBook 3 is only 0.47" (11.9mm) thick and weighs in at a mere 32 ounces (910 grams). That's a drop from the UX305's already diminutive dimensions—by just 0.03" in thickness, but an impressive 9.5 ounces. The new chassis is built out of an "aerospace-grade" aluminum alloy, which Asus claims is 50% stronger than the aluminum in the majority of laptops. That aluminum chassis will be available in blue, silver, and rose gold. The new Zenbook's 12.5" screen is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass, and is surrounded by an extra-slim bezel. Asus says the laptop has a "high resolution" display, although the company doesn't go into specifics about the display in the press release.

The new ZenBook 3 will run along with the ZenBook pack in offering Intel Core processors up to Core i7s, and up to 16GB of DDR4 memory. As we'd expect from a device offering Core i7 processors, the Zenbook does require an active cooling setup, which Asus touts as the "world's thinnest fan design." Storage is provided by PCIe SSDs with capacities of up to 1TB. The device offers a full-sized backlit keyboard and a glass-topped touchpad with handwriting support.

Asus says its new Zenbook will run for up to nine hours on battery, and charge to 60% in 49 minutes. The company has not given any word on when the device will hit stores, though, or at what price it is expected to sell.

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