Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a more powerful, but costlier Surface Laptop alternative

It’s the Computex week, which means there is going to be a ton of new Windows 10-powered PCs coming out. One of the biggest Windows PC makers, Asus, today introduced a slew of new Windows 10-powered laptops. The most interesting device out of all the devices launched by Asus today, however, is the new ZenBook 3 Deluxe. That’s because the ZenBook 3 Deluxe can be considered as a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop. It’s a little more powerful, and it’s also a little more expensive than the Surface Laptop.

First of all, the design of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is pretty gorgeous — as long as you don’t mind the golden border and the Asus logo around the device. But more importantly, the device is only 12.9mm thin, which is thinner than the Surface Laptop. But it weighs only 1.1kg, making it lighter than the Surface Laptop as well.

In terms of performance, you get the usual latest Intel’s 7th-gen Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD. Unlike the Surface Laptop, there’s a Type-C port on the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. And to sweeten the deal a bit more, Asus has also packed in Thunderbolt 3 with support for 40GBps data transfers into the ZenBook 3 Deluxe — making it capable of powering 2 4K UHD external monitors.

Asus says the ZenBook 3 will go on store shelves this summer, at a starting price of $1,199 which is $200 more expensive than the Surface Laptop.

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