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Asus ZenBook 3 is thinner and lighter than Apple’s MacBook

Asus ZenBook 3 is thinner and lighter than Apple’s MacBook

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Asus has announced its new ZenBook 3, an 11.9-millimeter device it's calling the "the world's most prestigious laptop." Asus Chairman Jonney Shih detailed the ZenBook 3 on stage at Computex, comparing it directly to MacBooks, promising an aluminum alloy device that weighed less than Apple's lightest laptops, and a processor "two times faster than MacBook."

Shih said the ZenBook 3 was "the best of both" MacBook and MacBook Air, being lighter and thinner than the former, and more powerful than the latter. The ZenBook 3 will also feature the company's highest screen-to-body ratio of any of its laptops — 82 percent. That screen is 12.5 inches, and is coated in gorilla glass. The body of the laptop has a full-size keyboard, a glass-covered touchpad, and a fingerprint reader that supports Windows Hello to make logging in possible without needing to type in your password.

The laptop will come in three colors: Royal Blue, Quartz Grey, and — just to really drive home the Apple comparison — Rose Gold. A ZenBook 3 with an i7 processor and a 1TB solid state drive will be available for $1,999, in Q3 this year, or $1,499 with a 512GB SSD.

Asus ZenBook 3 press photos