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Asus Announces New Transformer Book Chi and ZenFone Products at CES 2015

Asus Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage at CES 2015 in Las Vegas to unveil two new product lines – the Transformer Book Chi Series, a series of hybrid laptop-tablets that run Windows, and the ZenFone line, which includes their new flagship phone as well as a photo-centric one.

The Transformer Book Chi products are detachable hybrids, meaning that they resemble typical laptops until you detach the monitor, which then functions as a tablet. The Chi series of hybrids all run Windows and are available in 8.9, 10.1, and 12.5 inches. The keyboards are attached through a magnetic hinge, but also via Bluetooth.

The T300 Chi, the model with the 12.5-inch display, can be purchased with either a 1920×1080 or 2560×1440 screen, with the price difference being $699 and $799. They both come equipped with Intel’s Core M processor.

The 10.1-inch T100 Chi uses Intel’s Atom processor, has a 1900×1200 display, and retails for $399.

Finally, the smallest Chi, the 8.9-inch T90, which is more of a tablet with an attachable keyboard, uses an Intel Atom CPU, a screen with a 1280×800-resolution display, and will start at $299.

All three products will be available in the US in February.

Asus Announces New Transformer Book Chi and ZenFone Products at CES 2015

The ZenFone 2 is the company’s new flagship phone and is powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 processor, a quad-core 64-bit CPU, and 4GB RAM. It’s 3.9mm thick at the edges, has a 13MP camera, and a 5.5-inch IPS display with full-HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3. It uses Android 5.5 Lollipop, but its own custom ZenUI, and will be available in the US in March for $199.

According to Asus, the ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone with a 13MP camera and 3X optical zoom. It also has an optical image stablizier and a laser auto-focus. For those who know a thing or two about photography, it allows for “professional-grade” manual control of ISO settings, white balance, shutter speed, and more. The ZenFone Zoom will be availabe in the US in Q2 2015 for $399.

International pricing and availability was not discussed for any of the products.

via CNet

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