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Asus Zenbook 3 launching in Germany for 1500 Euros

Asus Zenbook 3 to launch for 1500 Euros in Germany
Asus Zenbook 3 to launch for 1500 Euros in Germany
The latest ultrathin notebook from Asus is finally coming with Kaby Lake, a 512 GB SSD, and 8 GB of RAM before the end of this month.

After a short delay, the Asus Zenbook 3 will finally be available in Germany and other regions of Europe. The flagship Ultrabook was originally planned for an October release but was pushed back to late November. Asus announced the Zenbook 3 half a year ago at Computex 2016 as one if the first systems from the manufacturer to sport the new Intel Kaby Lake platform.

The super-compact and lightweight notebook aims to compete directly with the MacBook 12 while offering much faster performance than the Core M CPU in the Apple equivalent. The Kaby Lake CPU options in the ZenBook 3, for example, top out at 15 W compared to 4.5 W on the Apple.

The Zenbook UX390UA will be the first SKU available and will come in two configurations. The first configuration will carry a Core i5-7200U CPU with a 512 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM for 1499 Euros while the second configuration will have a Core i7-7500U with the same SSD and RAM capacities for 100 Euros more. Curiously, the originally announced and less expensive SKU with 256 GB SSD and 4 GB RAM is nowhere to be seen.

The Zenbook series launched as a first generation Ultrabook in 2011 and has been a success for the Taiwanese manufacturer with the "Zen" name expanding to tablets, smartphones, and smartwatches.


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Allen Ngo, 2016-11-29 (Update: 2016-11-29)