Previously unveiled in and for Taiwan, the 2-in-1 Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 Windows PCs, as well as the non-convertible Android-based ZenPad 3S 10, officially spread their wings to European shores today at a pre-IFA Zenvolution event.
The tablet trio’s headliner is undoubtedly the 12.6-inch Asus Transformer 3 Pro, billed as “the world’s most versatile PC”, and going straight for Microsoft Surface Pro 4’s jugular (not to mention the larger iPad Pro) with an integrated metal kickstand, backlit Transformer Cover Keyboard, 3K resolution display, Harman Kardon-powered stereo speakers, up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processing muscle, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM.
All for a starting price of €1,200, €1,400 as far as a Core i5/8GB RAM/512GB SSD model is concerned, and a whopping €1,800 in its top-tier derivation.
The non-Pro Transformer 3 “only” caps off at 512GB solid-state storage and 8 gigs of random-access memory, with the same super-high-res touchscreen in tow as its sibling, a slimmer profile, similarly robust aluminum build, and considerably less impressive detachable Transformer Sleeve Keyboard provided as standard.
But the retail costs are considerably lower too, starting at €1,000, Core i7 “Kaby Lake” power included.
Finally, the 9.7-inch Asus ZenPad 3S 10 doesn’t come with any convertibility tricks up its sleeve, nonetheless featuring decent specs for a €380 Android. Made of premium aluminum, the cinematic entertainment-focused pad measures a breathtaking 5.8mm in thickness, yet promises to last up to 12 hours between charges. Fingerprint-recognizing, slim-bezeled, and 4GB RAM-packing, the ZenPad 3S is almost all QXGA screen (78 percent, to be exact), also coming with Hi-Res Audio support on deck.