Hands-On With ASUS Transformer T300 Chi And Zenbook UX305 Core M-Powered Ultrabook And Hybrid

While making our rounds at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, we made sure to stop by to see ASUS, and we're glad we did. The company had on display its Transformer Book T300 Chi, purportedly the world's thinnest 12.5-inch detachable 2-in-1 laptop, and also its Zenbook UX305, supposedly the slimmest 13-inch QHD+ Ultrabook the world has ever seen.

In case you missed our previous coverage, the Zenbook UX305 is powered by an Intel Core M (Broadwell) processor. Intel built the 14nm Core M specifically for fanless form factors such as tablets and 2-in-1 hybrid systems. It's much smaller than Haswell, and it's a big reason why Asus can lay claim to having the thinnest 13-inch QHD+ Ultrabook around.

UX305

It's certainly a svelte device, and though its slim in size, the UX305's IPS display boasts a big resolution -- 3200x1800 (QHD+), though there's also a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) option available, both of which support multi-touch operation.

UX305

The UX305 also boasts 4GB or 8GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5300, 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI output, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack, microSD card slot, 720p webcam, and a 45Wh Li-Polymer battery.

T300 Chi

Not as many specs are available for the Transformer Book T300 Chi, though of main interest here is again how slim the device is. We placed a pen next to the T300 Chi to give you an idea, though you really have to see and hold it in person to appreciate the design.

T300 Chi

The T300 Chi is a detachable system like Microsoft's Surface line. However, the hardware and features are a bit different. What you get with the T300 Chi is a 2560x1440 (WQHD) IPS display, 2GB or 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, SSD storage, HD webcam, and an Intel Core M processor.


This is the just beginning, folks. Armed with Intel's Core M chips, you can expect a plethora of cutting edge, thin and light devices to emerge in the coming months.

Via:  ASUS
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