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ASUS reveals EeeBook X205, Zenbook UX305 and the ZenWatch

by Mark Tyson on 4 September 2014, 11:15

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Yesterday ASUS launched a wide range of technology products which included the EeeBook X205, Zenbook UX305, the ZenWatch and the MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C). I've embedded the full half hour ASUS 'in search of incredible' IFA press event presentation below for your enjoyment.

ASUS EeeBook X205

You know the EeeBook, it was one of the pioneers of the netbook trend a few years back. Now ASUS is introducing a new affordable mini-laptop called the EeeBook X205. The headline features of this highly portable Windows laptop include an 11.6-inch screen, an Intel Atom quad-core processor and of course a 'bargain' price. It runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and is said to be priced at US$199 from November.

The key specs of the new EeeBook include:

  • Intel Atom quad-core processor
  • 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 display
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage and 500GB of cloud storage, microSD slot
  • Full sized keyboard and large gesture touchpad
  • 12 hours of battery life and 14 days standby with instant-resume
  • Weighs 980g
  • Available in black, white, gold and red

ASUS ZenBook UX305

The latest ZenBook shown off at IFA will be one of the first PCs to feature an Intel Core M processor. This is a luxurious 13.3-inch QHD+ resolution (3200 x 1800 pixels) highly portable laptop. It is finished in the ZenBook signature spun metal or new ceramic alloy finish and is just 12.3mm thick and 1.2Kg in weight.

The key specs of the new ZenBook include:

  • Intel Core M processor (likely to have CPU and RAM buying config options)
  • 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixel screen
  • 128GB or 256GB SSD
  • Connectivity: 3x USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, micro-HDMI, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 12.3mm thick, 1.2Kg

ASUS ZenWatch

ASUS has created its own take on the companion type smartwatch to pair with your existing smartphone (Android 4.3 or newer). This wearable "brings the luxury tradition of fine watchmaking to Android Wear," says ASUS. The firm says it uses premium materials and detail focussed design in this smartwatch's production.

A real leather strap attaches the ZenWatch with its curved glass display to your wrist. As usual the ZenWatch has its own sensors which can provide wearers with activity centric data, tracking sports performance or 'wellness'.

Finally, ASUS launched yet another 7-inch Android tablet called the MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C). It employs an Intel Atom 64-bit quad-core processor and is just 8.3mm thick and weighs 269g. A full HD IPS display and LTE option round off the specs that we know about at this time.

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Love that metal finish…
You just know that $199 price tag will become £199 here and that Eee just anit worth that type of money. Make it 4GB RAM and minimum 64GB SSD storage and touch screen and it would be worth a punt at £199. At the specs mentioned its worth £130 tops.
The Zenbook looks nice but thats got to retail here at well over a grand.
At the specs mentioned its worth £130 tops.
The Zenbook looks nice but thats got to retail here at well over a grand.

Given the previous Zenbooks at $1000–2000 but the same £, with the exchange rate, it'd be cheaper to fly over to the States, buy one there and ‘smuggle’ it back in person, gaining a free short break in the process. Sad but true.
Well, all I can say is, aside to agreeing with the previous posters, that Core M notebooks are something to be excited about. Not at this stage, though. When the prices go down and when we see what other manufacturers have to say about it. I'd really like a laptop that one can work on whole day without recharging. My current Thinkpad can squeeze out 5-6 hours, which is formidable, but not really enough.

The X205 is cute, but too expensive for the specs, indeed.

Same, but more serious, goes for smartwatches. What use is a wristwatch that you have to recharge daily? I'm not even thinking about thinking about it until I could use it without recharging for a week or so.