Asus Previews 'World's Fastest' Wi-Fi Router, Smart Watch, More at IFA
A miniature Windows 10 "stick" PC, a smart watch with two-day battery life and the "world's fastest" Wi-Fi router (pictured) were among the new devices showcased by Asus at a preview event today at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin.
The new mobile and computing devices unveiled by Asus feature sixth-generation Intel Core processors, which also made their debut at an IFA preview event. Asus said the two companies collaborated closely on its new Intel-based products.
Asus' new lineup includes the Zen AiO S all-in-one Windows 10 PC, the ZenPad S 8.0 Android tablet and the Android Wear-powered ZenWatch 2, an updated version of the company's previous smart watch. Also unveiled was the RT-AC5300, an eight-antenna, tri-band wireless router that Asus said can support connection speeds of up to 5334 Mbps.
'Just Like Sci-Fi'
The company's new products will provide "the most intuitive user experiences" while also delivering "empowering luxury," said Asus Chairman Jonney Shih, who led the press event.
The first models in Asus' new Zen AiO S series of all-in-one PCs include the 23.8-inch Zen AiO S Z240IC and the 21.5-inch Zen AiO S Z220IC. Each features an aluminum, brushed-metal finish in a color described as "icicle gold," with 32 GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics, six-speaker sound system and USB 3.1 type-C ports.
The new PCs will also come with the option of an Intel RealSense camera, which supports 3D capture and scanning as well as face-based biometric login "just like in the sci-fi movies," Shih said.
Prices for the PCs in Europe will range from €1099 ($1,233) to €1,499 ($1,683); prices for the devices in the U.S. have not yet been released.
Luxury Pen-Inspired Stick PC
Shih described the Asus VivoStick PC as a "PC that breaks all boundaries," with a design "inspired by luxury ballpen designs." Weighing in at 68 grams, the stick PC supports Windows 10, provides full connectivity and comes with 2 GB of RAM, two USB ports, an audio output jack and support for Bluetooth 4.0. It also allows users to stream and share content from their smartphones, Shih said.
Asus also showed off its ZenFone Zoom, which the company describes as "the world's thinnest smartphone to feature a 13MP camera with a 3X optical zoom." Powered by a 2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 quad-core processor, the phone features optical image stabilization and has a metal body that's just 5 millimeters across at its thinnest.
With connection speeds that are 67 percent faster than the previous leading router speeds, the RT-AC5300 router, Shih said, "is the best router for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking." He added that the device, which includes the AiCloud 2.0 personal cloud storage service, provides "more coverage than any other router available."
In addition to previewing the company's ZenWatch 2 and new ZenPad models, Shih also provided IFA attendees with a sneak peek at the GX700, which Asus said is "the world's first water-cooled gaming laptop."