ASUS announces new ZenBook, VivoBook notebooks, and VivoWatch BP healthcare wearable

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The 2018 Zenbook Pro series from Asus features a touchpad/touchscreen hybrid. Expect the starting price to be quite low, but considering that'll be for a Core i3 processor with integrated graphics and a 15.6-inch 768p display, a few upgrades will be in order. It also boasts bezels that are just 7.3mm thick, a maximum brightness of 400 nits, and a 1200:1 contrast ratio. To activate it, you press the F6 key, which brings up several options, including the ability to use the screen as a secondary display. It is 17.9 mm thick and weights in at 1.6kg.

They are also the first Vivobooks to feature Asus's "three edge NanoEdge" screen design. ASUS device will also support a stylus, with the tech on board being able to detect when it is nearby to switch into drawing mode.

Alternatively, you can extend your laptop's display to ScreenPad so you can use the ZenBook Pro in dual-display mode.

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The ScreenPad is interesting, interactive and innovative. ScreenPad also offers an exciting opportunity for developers to create new ScreenPad Apps or ways of integrating with desktop apps, delivering endless possibilities to users. There is a toolbar along the top of the ScreenPad that can be dragged down to show the user-configurable app launcher and software controls.

Asus said that future ScreenPad apps can be downloaded from the Windows Store, and more apps will feature ScreenPad functionalities as the technology and its ecosystem matures. Enjoy immersive multimedia on its 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge PANTONE validated display with 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut, ∆E (Delta-E) 2.0 color accuracy and powerful Harmon Kardon certified audio system. The company already has new input tools for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and YouTube, and says that more tools will be available through ScreenPad-specific apps. Both have Intel Core i7-8550U or Intel Core i3-8130U processors, a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 or MX130 GPU and up to 16 GB of memory.

Both models come with the iconic spun-metal finish in Deep Dive Blue and Rose Gold colors exemplifying the ZenBook design spirit of elegance, sophistication and precision craftsmanship.

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The Zenbook Pro comes in two versions, a 15.4-inch that maxes out with an Intel Core i9-8950HK and 4K display, or a 14-inch version that comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H and 1080p display with optional touchscreen. Further it features a 50Wh lithium-polymer battery.

The laptops will also have built-in support for Amazon's Alexa. A ScreenPad software development kit (SDK) will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2018, and interested parties may visit www.asus.com/screenpad-developer for more info.

Ports-wise you'll find a trio of USB-A ports (one USB 2.0, two USB 3.1), a single USB-C port (which infuriatingly does not support charging the laptop), an audio jack, full-size SD card reader, and a DC power port.

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