Computex 2016: ASUS Zenvolution Press Conference Live Blogby Ian Cutress & Billy Tallis on May 29, 2016 10:58 PM EST
03:10AM EDT - That's a wrap! Some hands on time.
03:10AM EDT - That's a lot of announcements from Jonney. As usual!
03:09AM EDT - Zenbo opened up to developers
03:08AM EDT - Didn't say release date for anything so far this show
03:07AM EDT - Talking partnership between Intel and Asus
03:07AM EDT - Navin Shenoy on stage
03:06AM EDT - Zenbo following Jonney off stage
03:06AM EDT - CVP Client Computing Intel on stage
03:05AM EDT - It's hard to believe this isn't fixed preprogrammed commands
03:04AM EDT - Taking photos
03:03AM EDT - Every command starts with 'hey zenbo'
03:03AM EDT - Responding to general knowledge questions
03:03AM EDT - Singing and dancing
03:02AM EDT - Voice is slower than in the video, supposedly responding to Jonney's commands
03:02AM EDT - It's rolling around the stage
03:01AM EDT - Is any one else finding this surreal?
03:00AM EDT - So it's a real thing
03:00AM EDT - Coming out on stage?
03:00AM EDT - $599...
02:58AM EDT - Go find a zenbo video on YouTube when they post this. Seriously.
02:56AM EDT - Wrist watch activated voice?
02:55AM EDT - This video is odd
02:54AM EDT - That's a joke... :D
02:54AM EDT - So Snapdragon 930, 60GB RAM and $499?
02:53AM EDT - Doing cgi for the face. This is aspirational
02:53AM EDT - Video now, it has a high pitched voice
02:52AM EDT - But a bit creepier? This is what happens with anthropomorphic digital helpers
02:52AM EDT - It sounds like Amazon echo
02:51AM EDT - Hands-free household helper
02:51AM EDT - Educational playmate for kids, story teller, tutor
02:50AM EDT - Helps Seniors connect to a digital life, entertainment provider, personal assistant
02:50AM EDT - 'Your smart little companion'
02:50AM EDT - ASUS Zenbo
02:49AM EDT - 'Our vision to enable robotic computing in every household'
02:48AM EDT - I'm at 3% battery, may switch to the smartphone. Should be one more product
02:47AM EDT - Zenfone 3 Ultra (4GB / 64GB): $479
02:47AM EDT - Zenfone3 base model, 3GB/32GB: $249
02:46AM EDT - ZF3 Deluxe (high-end model): 6GB/64GB at $499
02:45AM EDT - Pricing now I think
02:45AM EDT - 4600 mAh battery
02:44AM EDT - Supports 24-bit 96 kHz audio
02:44AM EDT - Dual Five-Magnet Stereo speakers
02:43AM EDT - HiRes AUdio, NXP Smart Amp
02:43AM EDT - Image interpolation for smooth motion
02:42AM EDT - 4K DisplayPort over Type-C
02:42AM EDT - 95% NTSC, Tru2Life (Pixelworks latest gen)
02:42AM EDT - no antenna lines again
02:42AM EDT - Front fingerprint sensor
02:41AM EDT - Zenfone 3 Ultra, 6.8-inch FHD with DTS
02:41AM EDT - Jonney on stage for two more
02:40AM EDT - Snapdragon 652, 14nm, 8xA53
02:39AM EDT - Lockscreen can add widgets, and add effects
02:38AM EDT - IMX298 16MP
02:37AM EDT - 500 nits
02:36AM EDT - Now Zenfone 3
02:35AM EDT - Quick Charge 60% in 39 mins, USB 3.0 Type-C
02:34AM EDT - ASUS Optiflex to load apps quicker
02:34AM EDT - Snapdragon 820, 6GB RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0
02:32AM EDT - Color-correction sensor
02:32AM EDT - Superresolution: 92 MP mode
02:31AM EDT - 4 axis OIS, 3 axis EIS
02:30AM EDT - Three-way auto focus: PDAF, Laser and Tracking
02:29AM EDT - Deep Trenched pixels
02:29AM EDT - PixelMaster 3.0 for the camera. IMX318 23MP
02:28AM EDT - 1.3mm bezel, over 100% NTSC, 5.7-inch AMOLED
02:28AM EDT - 'Handmade finish in mass production'
02:27AM EDT - Tao, One and Chi editions in the Artisan Series
02:27AM EDT - 4.2mm thin edge, curve at the rear
02:26AM EDT - There's a hole in the top instead
02:26AM EDT - Pure Metal technology, no antenna lines
02:25AM EDT - Zenfone 3 Deluxe
02:24AM EDT - Jen Chuang, Director of ASUS Design Center
02:24AM EDT - Zenfone 3
02:24AM EDT - 30 million Zenfone users in two years
02:22AM EDT - Zenfones now
02:21AM EDT - $799 is 256GB SSD and keyboard cover
02:21AM EDT - Transformer 3 Pro at from $999, Transformer 3 from $799
02:19AM EDT - Glass touchpad
02:19AM EDT - 1.4mm travel distance
02:19AM EDT - If it's 7th Gen, then Kaby Lake. If there's a release date...
02:18AM EDT - 512GB SSD, TB3
02:18AM EDT - Intel Core 7th Gen?
02:17AM EDT - Windows Hello fingerprint access
02:17AM EDT - harmon/kardon audio again
02:17AM EDT - Tru2Life Video, which is most likely the Pixelworks chip
02:16AM EDT - 450 nits
02:16AM EDT - 121% RGB
02:16AM EDT - 275PPI
02:16AM EDT - 80% screen to body
02:16AM EDT - 2880x1920 display, 12.6-inch
02:15AM EDT - 6.9mm
02:15AM EDT - Zen inspired metal finish
02:15AM EDT - 2-in-1
02:15AM EDT - ASUS Transformer 3: Mobile PC redefined
02:14AM EDT - ROG XG Station 2
02:13AM EDT - Supports External Graphics up to GTX 1080
02:13AM EDT - ASUS Pen with 1024 pressure levels
02:13AM EDT - A dock with VGA, RJ45 and 3-in-1 card reader
02:12AM EDT - Has USB-C 3.1, USB 3.0 Type-A and HDMI
02:11AM EDT - 16GB 2133 MHz, 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, TB3 port
02:11AM EDT - Core i7, 15W again. Maybe in cTDP down?
02:11AM EDT - audio by harmon/kardon
02:11AM EDT - 121% RGB
02:10AM EDT - Adjustable Kickstand, 0.1mm smaller than SP4
02:10AM EDT - Looks like a surface anyway, they're comparing it to the Surface Pro 4
02:10AM EDT - It's a Surface
02:09AM EDT - Now the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro
02:09AM EDT - Someone on twitter is saying fingerprint login on keyboard
02:09AM EDT - i5 version with 4GB DRAM, 256GB SSD: $999
02:08AM EDT - 512GB version: $1499
02:08AM EDT - $1999 USD
02:07AM EDT - Royal Blue, Rose Gold, Quartz Grey
02:07AM EDT - 0.8mm keyboard travel, twice travel distance of macbook
02:06AM EDT - 40 Wh, 9hr battery, 60$ in 49 mins
02:06AM EDT - Corning Gorilla Glass 4
02:05AM EDT - XPS 13/15 like
02:05AM EDT - 82% screen to body ratio
02:05AM EDT - LPDDR3-2133 because Skylake-U
02:05AM EDT - So SM951?
02:05AM EDT - 1709 MB/s PCIe SSD peak read
02:04AM EDT - USB Type-C
02:04AM EDT - Core i7 15W, 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4, 16GB LPDDR3-2133
02:04AM EDT - Alu alloy
02:03AM EDT - more powerful than MBA
02:03AM EDT - 910g
02:03AM EDT - The keyboard kind of looked Macbook like
02:03AM EDT - 11.9mm thick at the widest point
02:03AM EDT - Metal unibody
02:03AM EDT - 'World's most prestigious laptop, crafted to perfection'
02:02AM EDT - Black and gold
02:02AM EDT - Zenbook 3
02:02AM EDT - 'Begin with an evolution to perfection'
02:02AM EDT - 'Dreams and proactive computing'
02:02AM EDT - 'We are at the crossroads of evolution and revolution'
02:01AM EDT - He's very enthusiastic
02:01AM EDT - Jonney Shih to the stage
02:01AM EDT - It's starting with a commentator
02:01AM EDT - I suspect there will be a new laptop or two, and new tablets, maybe even a monitor judging by the fact that they were a number of older bits outside the seating area
01:59AM EDT - ASUS has said in a previous conference call that the new Zenfone should be at Computex
01:58AM EDT - A couple of minutes to show time
01:55AM EDT - Plenty of people, easily double the seats available
01:49AM EDT - Show starts on the hour, and we're expecting a lively demonstration from ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih
01:49AM EDT - Another hour, another Computex Press Event! Billy and I are here, and we're expecting a lot of new Zen devices.