Giant electronics manufacturer based in Taiwan – ASUS – just unveiled three ultra-thin laptops at the IFA show currently taking place in Berlin. At the event, the company brought the new ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX333), ZenBook 14 (UX433) and ZenBook 15 (UX533), all of them featuring ultra-narrow bezels around the display which allow it to achieve the 95% of the front surface.
These slim bezels are probably the laptops best selling point considering that ASUS gave us the exact dimensions of every single one: 2.8mm for the left and right, 3.3mm for the bottom and finally 5.9mm for the top bezel. What’s somewhat impressive though, is that they still managed to place the webcam above the display, so no “nose cam” at least on these. The camera is then paired with Windows Hello 3D infrared sensors on both sides, so that users can login without the need of typing in the password.
The ZenBook series come with a fully metal body, both on the lid, palmrest and bottom, which should help dissipate the heat as well as giving a more solid feel to the keyboard. All that metal doesn’t make them too heavy though, with the ASUS ZenBook 13 only weighing 1.18Kg and up to 1.69Kg for the 15-inch variant.
Alright, let’s now get to the most interesting part for some, the internal hardware. The new ultra-thin laptops come with the recently launched Whiskey Lake family of CPUs, with the best model packing an Intel Core i7-8565U SoC and up to 16GB of RAM. Graphics will be handled by a quite old MX150 on the ZenBook 13 and 14, meanwhile the ZenBook 15 is getting a more powerful GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU to fuel its 4K high resolution display.
Other specs include a 1TB PCIe SSD, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, and some quite stellar battery life: 14 hours on the 13-inch and a whopping 16 hours on the 15-inch thanks to its large 73Wh capacity battery.
Interface wise, we find an HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports, an USB Type-C port that can also be used for power and an SD card slot for the ZenBook 15, meanwhile the 13 & 14 only get a microSD one.
Finally, a very neat feature on the ZenBook 13/14 is the simulated numeric keypad on touchpad area, which could come in handy in certain occasions (image below).
Starting at $899 (with only 4GB of RAM), the ASUS ZenBook series (2018) will already be available for purchase next month.