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IFA 2016 | Hands-on with the Asus ZenBook 3

We were live at IFA 2016 to check out Asus' next generation of Ultrabooks (Source: Asus)
We were live at IFA 2016 to check out Asus' next generation of Ultrabooks (Source: Asus)
The ZenBook 3 won't be out until October, but we were able to preview a unit at IFA to get a feel for its ultra-wide keyboard and build quality.

At just 910 grams and 11.9 mm thick, the new Asus ZenBook 3 is more of an "Ultrabook" than most currently in the market. The manufacturer claims that its chassis is made up of a new type of aluminum alloy that has made it possible to create even thinner and lighter designs compared to previous generations of ZenBooks. Colors are expected to be available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold, and Quartz Gray with Gold trims and accents on all choices.

The ZenBook is expected to land in Europe this October for a starting price of 1499 Euros, but we were able to get a small preview of the Royal Blue version of the notebook at IFA this year nonetheless. The system both looks and feels great from its quality materials to its bright FHD panel. The keyboard extends almost entirely across the width of the 12.5-inch base for larger and more comfortable keys despite the small size of the Ultrabook.

Core specifications include Kaby Lake Core i7 processors, 16 GB of RAM, up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, USB Type-C, and integrated quad speakers from Harman Kardon. It's worth noting that there is indeed only one USB Type-C connector for both data transfers and charging with no integrated full-size Type-A port.

See our gallery below taken directly from the Asus booth at IFA 2016.

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Florian Wimmer/ Allen Ngo, 2016-09- 1 (Update: 2016-09- 1)