ASUS officially introduces a pair of new Zenbooks with Windows 8.1

Among them is a souped up version of the existing Zenbook UX305 as well as the brand new Zenbook Pro UX501.

The big difference to the existing Zenbook UX305 is the inclusion of a QHD+ 3200 x 1800 resolution touchscreen display, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD drive. The same specs have already been made public in the limited edition Crystal White version recently, but it's good to see a less limited version also going on sale.

The Zenbook Pro UX501 is a different animal entirely. There's no Core M, here. This one's built for performance. Inside the UX501 is a 4th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and upto 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. Out front you'll be looking into a 4K touchscreen display and graphics power is taken care of by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with up to 4GB of GDDR5 video memory.

No pricing or launch information is available at this time, but needless to say, we can't wait to get our hands on one.

Check out the full press release below.

World's slimmest 13.3-inch QHD+ ultraportable — ASUS ZenBook UX305

New York, NY (May 18th, 2015) - ZenBook UX305 has a subtle and refined new shape that incorporates the DNA of the classic ZenBook. It features an elegantly-tapered design with smooth, comfortable edges and diamond-cut highlights that subtly emphasize the sleekness of the 0.48inch-thin case — and it weighs just 2.64lbs. The UX305 is available in crystal white, champagne gold and obsidian stone black.

ZenBook UX305 is powered by an Intel Core™ M processor, a remarkably power-efficient processor designed for ultra slim devices that effortlessly delivers smooth performance. In combination with up to 8GB of RAM and an ultra-fast up to 512GB SSD, UX305 delivers impressive all-round performance for daily computing.

A stunning ultraportable needs a display that's out of the ordinary, so ZenBook UX305 is fitted with an ultra-sharp 13.3-inch in-plane switching (IPS) multi-touch display with an up to QHD+ resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels and wide viewing angles. This display has five times (5X) the resolution of a standard HD display, and features an amazing pixel density of 276PPI for crisp, vivid and lifelike images and video.

With 300cd/m2 brightness, a contrast ratio of 770:1 and an ergonomic anti-glare coating, blacks are deep, whites are stunningly pure, and the wide color gamut (72% NTSC) ensures accurate colors.

ZenBook UX305 is also equipped with three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for data transfers that are up to ten times (10X) faster than USB 2.0. One of the USB ports supports ASUS Charger+ technology for rapid recharging of mobile devices. A USB-to-Ethernet adapter is bundled with UX305, along with a mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter — enabling easy connection to an external monitor.

A perfect blend of power, elegance and performance — ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501

At the heart of ZenBook Pro UX501 is the ultra-powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, providing effortless performance for any task. With a massive 16GB of RAM, multitasking is super-smooth and there's plenty of processing horsepower in reserve for even the most intensive number-crunching tasks.

ZenBook Pro UX501 also features the amazing new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M graphics-processing unit (GPU) for gaming-grade graphics performance. With up to 4GB of fast GDDR5 video memory, users enjoy silky-smooth 4K/UHD video playback, effortless 3D rendering, and immersive gaming with ultra-high frame rates.

ASUS VisualMaster displays set the standard for laptops, incorporating some of the very latest technology to give users unrivaled visual clarity and detail. ZenBook Pro UX501 has a 15.6-inch multi-touch display with a pin-sharp 4K/UHD 3860 x 2160 resolution — four times (4X) higher than Full HD — and an incredible pixel density of 282PPI for stunningly-detailed and lifelike images. IPS technology with wide 178-degree viewing angles ensures that colors and contrast are not degraded from any viewing position.

Ultra-fast storage is essential for fast boot times and effortless file operations, so ZenBook Pro UX501 is available with the world's fastest SSD. With a PCI Express® (PCIe®) x4 interface and up to 512GB capacity, the read/write speeds of up to 1400MB/s are twice as fast as competing PCIe x2 models, and 16 times (16X) faster than common SATA 6.0Gbit/s hard disk drives. And with no moving parts, ZenBook Pro UX501's SSD is both reliable and totally silent.

An advanced thermal-management system combined with ZenBook Pro UX501's 96Wh lithium-polymer battery means that users won't need to find a mains-power outlet for up to six hours — and even beyond..

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  • Not too shabby
  • Indeed!
  • "ssd drive"so a solid state drive drive
  • I wonder if Asus did anything to fix the yellow problem of the 3200x1800 display panels they use.  It's still a problem on the UX303.
  • When I first read the title, I thought it was Zenphones. Oh well...
  • A Zenphone with an i7, NVIDIA GeForce 970m graphics card? That's one beast of a phone. Wonder how much it'll be worth, though.
  • Yes. Considering how the specs are shown in the title...
  • Good.
  • I would like to know more specs on the ssd, specifically the rated iops.
  • I love how consistent with quality they are. Unlike a certain Chinese manufacturer I could mention
  • Wanting a Windows 10 version of the Zenfone 2.
  • It's not 16 times faster than SATA 3 6.0 gb/s, it's like three times faster
  • There are lies, damn lies, and there is marketting. The PCIe SSD is 16x faster then a platter based SATA HDD. It would only be 2.5x to 3x faster then a SATA SSD.
  • I would have loved a WP version of the zenfone. Oh well :/
  • Any model have Trusted Platform Module (TPM)?
  • OMG the first one is awesome !!
  • I'll take one. Thanks :)
  • When I mentioned the specs, my credit card died...
  • Mh, if only the pro model where 14 inch.
  • That's too much
  • Is windows hybrids/laptops aren't seeking well, why companies be investing more into introducing new ones? I'm just going on information spread by computer world, yahoo, and others, not my personal observations
  • Good news!  
  • Another CrApple killer prod. what does it take for iSHEEP to open their eyes and see how overrated, Hyped-Up their CrApple prods are???? 
  • Apple products are extremely overrated! True! And the OS sucks!
  • Yeah, I don't understand. $1500 for a MacBook with no touch screen or tablet mode.... I could get a freakin awesome windows hybrid laptop for that price or even less.
  • Correction - the Pro model uses a 4th generation i7 processor (4720HQ). Got excited for a moment, I thought they were finally releasing the 5th gen non-ultrabook processors!
  • My bad. Force of habit writing "5th" gen of late and not even noticing! Fixed now, thanks for the heads up.
  • Broadwell non U processors will probably be the first to support HDMI 2.0 specification under the new Intel on board graphics chips. But I couldn't wait any longer, I just bought a laptop with Intel Core i7 5500U (Broadwell) and while it won't support HDMI 2.0, it still is the fastest machine I ever owned.
  • The ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 looks good but I was hoping Dell would give us a XPS 15 with these specs.  There is no way it is going to get 6hrs of battery, if it goes to 4hrs in real life use I will be impressed.
  • There is, kind of. They updated the existing XPS 15 with a 4K display back at CES.
  • Broadwell full voltage cpus are not out, so expect a new Dell xps 15 with broadwell full volatge cpu and latest nvidia chips within few months.
  • Now That's some specs
  • I like what Asus has been doing latey.  I got an Asus I5 desktop about a month ago and its really nice.  My wife has an Asus I5 laptop and she loves it like a baby.
  • I love my shiny new UX305. Pricing and battery life will be keys to these new models.