ASUS Unveils Stylish ZenWatch, MeMO Pad 7, Core M Zenbook UX305, EeeBook X205 at IFA

It's been a bit quiet over at ASUS lately, and apparently that's because the company's been hording a bunch of product announcements for IFA in Berlin. Wasting no time at the convention, ASUS came out swinging with bunch of new products, one of which is the ZenWatch, the company's first wearable device in partnership with Google.

ASUS wisely chose to go with Android Wear, which in our opinion is the most promising wearable platform out there (we'll have to wait and see how Apple counters). As such, the ZenWatch is able to seamlessly pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or later.


The ZenWatch sports a soft genuine stitched-leather strap and quick-release clasp. The 2.5D curved glass is supposed to increase usability with a smooth and responsive touch experience, and it comes with a selection of instantly-changeable software watch faces.

It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 512MB or RAM. The ZenWatch is also rocking 4GB of eMMC storage, 1.63-inch display (320x320) protected with Gorilla Glass 3, nine-axis sensor, bio monitor, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1.4Wh battery.

Next up is the Zenbook UX305, purportedly the world's slimmest 13.3-inch QHD+ laptop at just thin. Keeping with the uptown aesthetics of the Zenbook line, the UX305 is molded with an elegantly-tapered wedge design with "smooth and comfortable" edges accented with diamond-cut metallic highlights.

Zenbook UX305

The UX305 is powered by the new Intel Core M processor and 8GB of RAM, a potent one-two combo for driving Windows. It also boasts up to a 256GB solid state drive for speedy all-around performance and features dual-band 802.11 Wi-Fi connectivity.

ASUS has done well with its Zenbook family, and the addition of modern components and a spiffy 3200x1800 resolution multi-touch display puts this in the upper echelon of ultra-thin devices. If there can be such a thing as a MacBook Air killer, the Zenbook UX305 might be it.

ASUS Zenbook UX305 Side

The Zenbook UX305 will be available in a new Obsidian Stone color with Zenbook's signature spun-metal finish, or a smooth Ceramic Alloy shade. No word yet on price or availability.

Also on the laptop front, ASUS rolled out its new EeeBook X205. The company is billing this one as an affordable, chic, and compact 11.6-inch notebook that weighs less than 1kg (less than around 2.2 pounds) and is aimed at students, young professionals, and other fast moving users who are always on the go.

ASUS EeBook X205 Colors

ASUS was light on details with this one, though the company did say it will come with Windows 8.1 with Bing. That suggests to that the company isn't kidding when it says the EeeBook X205 will be "affordable." It will also come in a variety of color options, including black, white, gold, and red.

Finally, ASUS took advantage of its time at IFA to introduce the MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C), a thin and light 7-inch Android tablet with a design inspired by stylish clutch bags and wallets. It has a narrow bezel, range of color options (Burgundy Red, Champagne Gold, and Gentle Black), and a subtly-textured finish.


The MeMO Pad 7 is powered by an Intel Atom 64-bit quad-core processor. Other fancy features include a Full HD 1080 In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch and wide 178-degree viewing angles, built-in Wi-Fi, and optional 4G LTE connectivity wrapped in a chassis that's just 8.3mm thin and weighs 269 grams.

ASUS didn't say when the MeMO Pad 7 will be available or for how much.