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Asus Unwraps Tablets, Phone, AiOs

Taipei, Taiwan – Asus came to the Computex trade show here with what it called the industry’s first tablet with 4GB RAM, a selfie-optimized smartphone with 64-bit octa-core processor, and the industry’s first all-in-one (AiO) PCs with USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports.

The company also launched a 4K monitor.

Pricing and U.S. ship dates weren’t disclosed.

Here’s what’s coming:

ZenPad tablets: Of two new 8-inch ZenPad Android tablets, the premium ZenPad S 8.0 features 4GB RAM. The 6.6mm-thick tablet is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor and sports a metallic finish with hairline pattern and diamond-cut edges. It’s equipped with 2K QXGA (1536x 2048) IPS display with 178-degree viewing angle and 324ppi pixel density.

The ZenPad S 8.0 can be used with an optional Z Stylus that supports up to 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a 1.2mm writing tip.
The second 8-inch tablet, the ZenPad 8.0, is promoted as the world’s first tablet with interchangeable covers that add extra features such as 5.1-channel surround sound or an extension of battery life to 15 hours of use.

The two models join 7- and 10.1-inch ZenPad tablets. All are available in Wi-Fi versions or versions with LTE and cellphone functionality.

ZenPads also integrate DTS Premium Sound technology, including a DTS-HD multichannel decoder for streaming and downloaded audio. They also include DTS Sound Studio to upconvert stereo into virtual surround-sound for playback through the built-in speakers and through headphones.

ZenFone Selfie: The Android smartphone features front and rear 13-megapixel cameras with dual-color flash for more natural lighting. The rear camera adds f/2.0 aperture lens and laser auto-focus technology for fast focusing. A ZenUI Beautification modesoftens facial features, slims cheeks, and enhances skin tone.

The phone also features a Selfie Panorama mode, which uses the selfie camera’s f/2.2-aperture front lens and 88-degree field of view to capture panoramic selfies up to 140 degrees.

The phone comes with 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with 178-degree viewing angle, 403ppi pixel density, and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display to protect against scratches and drops.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core processor.

Zen AiO series: The premium range of all-in-one PCs consists initially of the 23.8-inch Zen AiO Z240IC and 21.5-inch Zen AiO Z220IC, both with anodized-aluminum unibody shell that tapers to 6mm thin at the edges.

It comes with matching integral stand, the latest quad-core Intel Core processors up to i7 processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming-grade graphics with up to 4GB of video memory. Next-generation USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfers data at up to 10Gbps, or twice as fast as USB 3.0 and more than 20 times that of USB 2.0. It also features USB 3.1 Type-C connector, which is reversible and therefore prevents a USB cable from being inserted the wrong way.

They also feature a 3D camera with Intel RealSense technology for motion sensing of people and objects. That feature enables new ways of interacting with a PC, such as 3D facial recognition to unlock a computer or interacting with motion-controlled games, the company said.

Asus 4K monitor: The ProArt PA329Q monitor is a 32-inch 4K UHD monitor with 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut. It features 3840 by 2160 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, IPS display with 178-degree viewing angle, and four times the pixel density of standard Full HD displays, the company said.