ZenFone 3 smartphone, ZenBook 3 laptop, Designo Curve MX Series monitors and a wide range of ASUS products recognized for their excellence in design and innovation
Taipei, Taiwan (11th October, 2016) — ASUS is proud to announce that nine of its products have won prestigious Good Design Awards. This world-renowned award honors excellence in design and engineering.
The awards recognize the continued ASUS commitment to quality design and innovation. The winning products demonstrate the In Search of Incredible brand promise, which pursues perfection in all areas with the ultimate goal of delivering an incredible consumer experience. By focusing on people’s desires while also understanding their needs, ASUS strives to develop technology that is truly personal.
The Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) organizes the Good Design Award, which is now in its 59th year and is one of the four major design awards recognized by the International Design Alliance. This year, JDP received over 4,085 entries from around the world. For more information, visit: www.g-mark.org/about/
Good Design Award 2016 winners
ASUS ZenFone 3
ASUS ZenFone 3 is a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to everyone. Built around a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with up to 600cd/m2 brightness, ZenFone 3 delivers an incredible visual experience that makes apps, videos, and games look their best. With a narrow bezel, ZenFone 3 provides a 77.3 percent screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing area in a slim and compact body. The front and rear of the phone are encased in scratch-resistant 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass that gently curves to make the edge of the phone completely smooth. ZenFone 3 is equipped with a Sony® IMX298 sensor 16MP camera with an ASUS TriTech autofocus system that automatically selects laser, phase detection, or continuous autofocus to achieve precise focus in just 0.03 seconds. It also includes both an optical and electronic image stabilizer for blur-free images and stable video shots, and has the capability of recording videos in 4K UHD quality. ZenFone 3 is the world's first smartphone powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 octa-core processor for outstanding mobile performance with improved efficiency and battery life.
ASUS ZenView 3 Flip Cover
ASUS ZenFone 3 View Flip Cover protects the beautiful display of ZenFone 3 from scrapes and scratches, makes important information and updates available at a glance, and has a stylish, embossed leather design with rear etching for added grip. With the ZenFone 3 View Flip Cover, users can see all the information they need such as incoming calls or notifications, without having to open the case. Made out of soft polyurethane material, the phone cover protects the ZenFone 3 from dust and scratches, and fits comfortably in any pocket or bag.
ASUS ZenWatch 3
ASUS ZenWatch 3 is a stylish and customizable wearable device powered by Android Wear that provides wearers with timely information at a glance, and functions as a full-featured activity tracker. Meticulously crafted in the tradition of fine watchmaking, ZenWatch 3 features a gorgeous round design. Its round case is accented by a thin, rose-gold bezel for a sophisticated look inspired by the corona of an annular solar eclipse. ZenWatch 3 is just 9.95mm thin and its case is meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel, available in three gorgeous finishes: Gunmetal, Silver, and Rose Gold. Three crown buttons adorn the case, providing access to frequently used functions. ZenWatch 3 comes with a strap made from a choice of stitched Italian leather or high-quality rubber, each of which is available in dark brown or beige colors. Complementing its physical design, ZenWatch 3 comes with more than 50 software faces, letting wearers easily customize their watch to fit any style, mood or occasion.
ASUS ZenBeam E1 and E1Z projectors
ASUS ZenBeam Projector Series includes two LED models, ZenBeam E1 and ZenBeam E1Z, differentiated by their connectivity options. ZenBeam E1Z is an Android™ and Windows-compatible USB projector, designed to work seamlessly with ASUS ZenFone and ASUS ZenPad. ZenBeam E1 has HDMI/MHL output for compatibility with a wide range of video streaming, console gaming and mobile devices. The stylish ASUS ZenBeam projectors have ultra-compact palm-sized dimensions measuring just 110 by 83 by 29mm. They have an understated Zen-inspired design, with a unibody aluminum-alloy chassis featuring a lens cap with a spun-metal finish, and smoothly-sanded diamond-cut edges. The ASUS ZenBeam projectors feature DLP™ technology and deliver bright 150-lumen images and crisp WVGA (854 x 480) resolutions at projection distances ranging from 15 to 120 inches. They are also compatible with Full HD 1080p sources. The built-in rechargeable battery lets users conduct presentations or stream video for up to five hours, and it also doubles as a 6000mAh power bank for charging mobile devices. With ASUS ZenBeam projectors, users can always have a TV-sized screen at hand, whenever they need one.
ASUS Designo Curve MX Series
The latest generation of ASUS Designo Curve MX Series monitors includes the ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ, a 34-inch curved monitor with a frameless 1800R curvature 3440 x 1440 ultra-wide QHD panel. Every point on the 21:9 aspect ratio curved display is equidistant to the viewer’s eyes, making for an even more immersive viewing experience. In addition, MX34VQ features 8-watt stereo speakers incorporating Harman Kardon and ASUS SonicMaster audio technologies, as well as a Qi wireless charging pad on its stand for Qi-enabled devices. Its elegant, frameless silverware-inspired metallic design makes it a beautiful addition to any home or office workspace.
ASUS Vivo Mini VC65 Series
ASUS VivoMini VC65 Series are the world’s smallest mini PCs, with support for up to four 2.5-inch SSD or HDD storage devices and RAID functionality, making them ideally suited as NAS devices or mini-server systems. The modular design of these PCs accepts a total of three modules, so they can be configured with two additional storage drives, dual storage drives and an optical disc drive, or four storage drives. Powered by 6th-generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors, VC65 Series PCs can easily handle a wide range of computing tasks, such as professional media production. VC65 Series PCs have a space-saving design with an embedded power adapter, so that they can be placed horizontally, vertically, or even VESA-mounted to the back of a monitor for an easy and unobtrusive fit into any setup.
ASUS VivoBaby is a complete and versatile baby monitor with smart functionality, including continuous monitoring and tracking of the baby’s skin temperature, heart rate and sleep activity. The monitor sends instant warnings, via the included wireless docking station, to a smartphone app if there is a sudden rise in the baby’s body temperature or drop in its heart rate. The wireless docking station also features a low battery indicator and a wireless fast-charge function, which means the monitor only needs to be charged for 20 minutes for a full day of usage. Every detail of VivoBaby is carefully designed with a baby in mind: it is made out of medical-grade material that is biocompatible, and it uses ultra-low-frequency radio waves. ASUS VivoBaby is also small, unobtrusive and designed to provide a comfortable fit, allowing it to be worn on any body part, such as the upper arm, stomach or foot.
ASUS ZenBook 3
ASUS ZenBook 3 is the next generation ZenBook. It has been completely redesigned with a gorgeous, ultra-sleek 11.9 mm chassis that weighs only 910g. With a unibody design, ZenBook 3 is made from aerospace-grade aluminum alloy featuring the signature ZenBook spun-metal finish. It is available in three exclusive colors, Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey, and a special two-phase anodizing process was used to create the stunning golden highlights on its diamond-cut edges. The laptop delivers unprecedented performance with the latest 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of high speed 2133MHz RAM, up to 1TB PCle® x4 SSD and a powerful quad-speaker audio system by Harman Kardon. A slim bezel design provides an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio for the maximum display size with the minimum footprint.
ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA
ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA combines elegant sophistication with the convenience and versatility of a 360°-flippable display. The laptop, which is only 13.9mm thick and weighs just 1.3kg, has a stepless 360° hinge, featuring a jewelry-inspired design, that allows it to be used as a traditional touchscreen laptop, a convenient tablet or any option in between. ZenBook Flip is incredibly powerful, with an Intel Core i7 processor, up to a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM, so it sails through everyday computing tasks with ease. The unibody chassis is crafted from a single block of solid aluminum and the lid features the signature spun-metal ZenBook finish with its Zen-inspired pattern of concentric circles. Its good looks are further enhanced by two sophisticated color options of Rose Gold and Mineral Grey. ZenBook Flip has an ergonomic backlit keyboard with full-size keys and its amazing battery lasts up to 12 hours between charges.
ASUS Chromebook C202
ASUS Chromebook C202 is a lightweight, ruggedized Chrome OS computer for education, developed to meet the daily rigors of intense usage by both students and teachers, inside and outside the classroom. It is designed to be durable and easy to maintain, featuring two strategically placed grips to provide better traction, a comfortable, spill-resistant keyboard and reinforced rubber-wrapped protective guards to reduce the impact from any accidents. Chromebook C202 delivers excellent ergonomics with its anti-glare display that reduces distracting reflections, and with up to 10 hours of battery life students can get through a full school day on a single charge. ASUS Chromebook C202 is tough enough to withstand the daily rigors of classroom use, and combined with its hassle-free serviceability it helps schools and colleges to minimize downtime and maximize learning time.
 RAID functionality is only available on VivoMini VC65R.
 Based on Chromium OS power LoadTest. The figure of ten hours was determined by looping local video playback at higher than 80cd/m2 and at the default display brightness level. Battery life may vary depending on usage type and conditions.