ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih on Thursday revealed details of the company’s latest innovations in mobile, wearable and home computing technology, plus the latest gaming innovations from ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), in a pre-IFA 2015 press event held at the Bolle Meierei, in Berlin, Germany.
New products announced included RT-AC5300, the world’s fastest Wi-Fi router, and VivoStick PC, a slim and stylish ultra-miniature Windows 10 ‘stick’ PC. The latest ZenFone lineup, including the new ZenFone Zoom model, was introduced to Europe, along with the announcement of pricing and availability for ZenWatch 2 and the latest models in the ZenPad and Zen AiO families.
ZenWatch 2: Time-honored craftsmanship, infinite style
ZenWatch 2 is a stylish and personalized wearable device powered by Android Wear and produced in partnership with Google. Crafted with absolute attention to detail using high-quality materials, ZenWatch 2 is a precision watch that serves as a smart assistant to Android and iOS smartphones, providing wearers with timely information at a glance and letting them get things done with a simple touch or voice command.
ZenWatch 2 is designed to be a truly personal device that wearers can customize even further to express their unique sense of style. Available in two sizes and three case colors, with 18 different strap material and color combinations, ZenWatch 2 also includes over 50 professionally-designed and instantly-changeable watch faces, along with a FaceDesigner app that lets wearers design their own, so there is truly a ZenWatch 2 for everyone.
ZenPad: World-leading innovations with premium style
ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) is an 8-inch tablet offering users a premium Android™ experience, and delivering ultimate style and beauty along with extreme performance. Powered by an Intel® Atom™ Z3580 processor, ZenPad S 8.0 is the world’s first tablet with 4GB RAM. It has a beautifully-crisp and clear QXGA IPS screen with a stunning 324ppi pixel density and ASUS Tru2Life+ display technology, which performs intelligent contrast and sharpness adjustments to boost dynamic range. ZenPad S 8.0 supports the optional Z Stylus for intuitive writing and drawing input, and features DTS-HD Premium Sound™ — another world-first on a tablet — for the ultimate audio experience..
ZenPad 8.0 (Z380C) combines refined styling, incredible entertainment capabilities, and customizable functionality with interchangeable covers to redefine the tablet experience and bring true luxury to consumers. It also features integrated DTS-HD Premium Sound, and the innovative Audio Cover option brings immersive 5.1-channel surround-sound to a tablet for the first time, with 6 powerful speakers for a totally-immersive entertainment experience. Audio Cover is also included in ZenPad Theater, an entertainment-focused ZenPad 8.0 bundle.
ZenPad 10 (Z300) combines refined styling, incredible entertainment capabilities and blazingly-fast performance with optional accessories that enhance functionality to redefine the tablet experience and bring true luxury to consumers. Available in three models with LTE/Wi-Fi (Z300CL), 3G/Wi-Fi (Z300CG), and Wi-Fi (Z300C) connectivity, there is a ZenPad 10 to suit any kind of user.
RT-AC5300: The world’s fastest Wi-Fi router
RT-AC5300 is an innovative AC5300-class tri-band wireless router that delivers the world’s fastest Wi-Fi — with Broadcom® NitroQAM™ RT-AC5300 delivers up to 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band and up to 2167Mbit/s on each of the two 5GHz bands, for a combined total of up to 5334Mbit/s. This gives users a low-latency gaming experience and ultra-fast 4K/UHD video streaming anywhere in the home.
With eight powerful external antennas in a four-transmit, four-receive (4T4R) configuration, both Wi-Fi range and signal stability are dramatically improved, giving our widest-ever coverage up to 500 square meters. AiRadar beamforming focuses the Wi-Fi signal, giving faster, clearer and stronger Wi-Fi performance for each device.
VivoStick PC: The PC that breaks the boundaries
ASUS VivoStick PC heralds a new and convenient way of computing. This remarkable ultra-miniature Windows 10 ‘stick’ PC is incredibly slim, compact and light with a modern, elegant pen-inspired design, and a stylish cap to protect the HDMI connector. VivoStick PC is designed for everyday enjoyment, turning any HDMI-enabled TV or monitor into a fully-functional PC, and allowing users to stream and share content anywhere, anytime. It can even be remotely controlled from a mobile device using a special ASUS app.
Measuring just 137.9 x 34.0 x 14.9mm, weighing only 68g, VivoStick PC can also be used for essential daily computing, with full connectivity including fast 802.11n Wi-Fi, two convenient USB ports, an audio output jack, plus Bluetooth® 4.0 for connecting a keyboard and mouse. VivoStick PC comes with 2GB of RAM for smooth performance.
ZenFone Zoom: The world’s thinnest 3X optical zoom smartphone
The groundbreaking ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone to feature a 13MP camera with a 3X optical zoom. ZenFone Zoom’s rear camera features a precision-engineered 10-element lens with up to a 12X zoom for even finer close-up detail. ZenFone Zoom also has an optical image stabilizer (OIS) for shake-free photos and professional Panasonic SmartSFI® sensor for optimized image, combined with a revolutionary lightning-fast laser auto-focus for incredibly-sharp images every time.
Powered by a high-performance 2.5GHz Intel Atom™ Z3590 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM for ultra-fast performance, ZenFone Zoom redefines expectations for smartphone photography — packing DSLR-style shooting experiences into a metal unibody that tapers to a mere 5mm, so it slides comfortably into a pocket.