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Asus Chases Nirvana With ZenFone 2, Book Chi Series

2-in-1 tablet and new ZenFone lead Asus's charge in the new year

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While most of the spotlight at today's CES press conferences was cast on TVs, Taiwanese manufacturer Asus held court in both the laptop and smartphone departments, announcing a lineup of brand new 2-in-1 detachable notebooks and Android smartphones.

Here's how the announcements break down:

Transformer Book Chi Series

Every model in the Chi lineup is fanless and features either a quad-core Intel Atom or Intel Core M processor. The latter is a quiet, energy-efficient chip designed specifically to power ultra-thin devices.


Transformer Book T300 Chi

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi
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The T300 is the flagship model of the Transformer Book Chi Series.

The flagship Transformer Book Chi is the T300, a 12.5-inch tablet with your choice of WQHD or full-HD screen. Like other Transformer tablets, it transforms into a laptop thanks to a clever neodymium hinge that connects it to a paired Bluetooth keyboard.

The T300's display packs a very respectable pixel density of 235ppi with the WQHD screen option. For those keeping score at home, Apple's current MacBook Air tops out at 135ppi.

Here's the spec list:

Display: 12.5-inch screen, WQHD (2560x1440) / Full HD (1920x1080) IPS
Storage: 128GB iSSD
Processor: Intel Core M 5Y10/5Y71
Operating System: Windows 8.1 32-bit
Weight: 0.72kg as a tablet, 1.42kg when docked with keyboard
Dimensions: 265mm x 174.5mm x 7.2mm / 13.2mm (as a tablet / when docked)

The WQHD version of the Book Chi T300 starts at $799, while the full-HD version starts at $699.


Transformer Book T100 Chi

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The Book T100 Chi is even thinner than the T300. In fact, at 7.2mm, it's the world's thinnest Windows tablet.

This is what the T100 looks like at a glance:

Display: 10.1-inch screen, WUXGA (1920x1200) IPS
Storage: 32/64GB eMMC
Processor: Quad-core Intel Atom Z3775
Operating System: Windows 8.1 32-bit
Weight: 0.57kg as a tablet, 1.06kg when docked with keyboard
Dimensions: 265mm x 174.5mm x 7.2mm / 13.2mm (as a tablet / when docked)

The T100 will start at $399.


Tranformer Book T90 Chi

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Lastly is the Transformer Book T90 Chi, the lowest-end model in the Book Chi series.

This 8.9-inch tablet is only 7.5mm thin, and like the T100, runs on an Intel Atom processor.

Display: 8.9-inch screen, WXGA (1280x800) IPS
Storage: 32/64GB eMMC
Processor: Quad-core Intel Atom Z3775
Operating System: Windows 8.1 32-bit
Weight: 0.40kg as a tablet, 0.75kg when docked with keyboard
Dimensions: 241mm x 137.5mm x 7.5mm / 16.5mm (as a tablet / when docked)

Pricing for the T90 starts at $299.

ZenFone 2

The ZenFone 2 is the next flagship smartphone from Asus. It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a brand new iteration of ZenUI. Other highlights include a 5.5-inch, full-HD IPS display, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 64-bit Intel Atom processor.

ASUS ZenFone 2
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The ZenFone 2

Here's a rundown of the specs:

Display: 5.5-inch, full-HD (1920x1080) IPS screen
Operating System: Asus ZenUI over Android 5.0 Lollipop
Processor: 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 (at 1.8GHz or 2.3GHz)
Camera: 13-megapixel, 5-element lens (rear), 5-megapixel (front-facing)
Memory & Storage: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB ROM, LPDDR3 2GB/4GB RAM
Additional Storage: Micro SD card support (up to 64GB)
Battery: 300mAh lithium-polymer
Weight: 170g

The ZenFone 2 will be available in black, gold, gray, red, and white. It starts at $199.


ZenFone Zoom

ASUS ZenFone Zoom
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The ZenFone Zoom features a 13-megapixel camera with a 3X optical zoom.

Also introduced today was the ZenFone Zoom. According to Asus, it's the world's thinnest smartphone featuring a 13-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom. That's not too surprising, since it's also the only one fitting that description.

The rear camera on the ZenFone Zoom features a 10-element lens, and the camera also includes manual controls for ISO settings and shutter speed—a rarity in a smartphone.

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