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Everything you need to know from Computex 2016!

Computex is Asia's biggest and more important annual technology trade show, and this year it has started with a number of great announcements from ASUS, Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek, ARM, and more. Looking for everything in one place? Let's get started.

Update: This article was last updated May 31, 2016.

Phones, big and small

At Computex, ASUS unveiled three new Android-powered Zenfone 3 smartphones: the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe, and Zenfone 3 Ultra. Available for $249, $499 and $479, respectively, they're arriving in the coming months.

ASUS PC, laptops and robots

As it does every year, ASUS began the show with a number of great Windows products, including the new ultra-slim ZenBook 3 laptop, and the super powerful Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro tablets. From our friends at Windows Central.

The ZenBook 3 is a pretty typical 2016-era Ultrabook, specced with Intel's sixth-gen Core i processors, but comes with a Type-C charging connector with USB 3.1 support, as well as a Thunderbolt 3 port and fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support.

The Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro tablets are really interesting, too, bringing the fight right to Microsoft's Surface line. With high-resolution 12.6-inch displays, support for up to a Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD, they promise excellent performance and build quality at a great value. Can't wait to try these out.

On the gaming front, ASUS's Republic of Gamers brand unveiled a number of cool products, including a prototype modular PC called the Avalon. There's also a crazy ROG gaming laptop with a dual-GPU setup

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro hands-on

ASUS Transformer 3 hands-on

ASUS ZenBook 3 hands-on

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Dell's massive 2-in-1

Dell also had an announcement at Computex, offering the world's first 17-inch 2-in-1 tablet as part of its new 7000 series Inspiron line.

Elsewhere from the show

In other news, ARM, the microarchitecture company whose designs partners like Qualcomm, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Huawei and others turn into chips that power our phones, tablets and even laptops, unveiled its latest high-end chip design, the Cortex-A73.

Though devices with the new design won't ship until early 2017, they will offer 30% better performance over existing Cortex A72-powered chips, along with 30% better efficiency per clock.

ARM also unveiled a new Mali G71 reference GPU manufactured using a crazy new 10nm FinFET node. Look for this chip in Vulkan-optimized devices running Android N, and those optimized for VR.

Intel also had an announcement from Computex with the new 10-core Broadwell-E flagship, the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, which costs in the range of $1,800. The company also said that it's long-awaited Kaby Lake chips built on the company's new 14nm manufacturing process will arrive later this year, and that ASUS's Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro tablets will be among the first devices to use it.

Finally, Qualcomm also had some news of its own, announcing a new chip for low-power, low-cost wearables, along with some new broadband chips for improving Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity in smart devices.

  • ARM unveils Cortex-A73 microarchitecture design
  • Intel unveils $1,800 10-core Broadwell-E chip
  • Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs are coming later this year
  • Qualcomm's Computex offerings include new Snapdragon Wear, IoT and Wi-Fi processors ARM also unveiled a new Mali G71 reference GPU manufactured using a crazy new 10nm FinFET node. Look for this chip in Vulkan-optimized devices running Android N, and those optimized for VR.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

18 Comments
  • When people (in this case, Arm) use the word premium, i think the opposite. When they throw around the word "premium" to underscore thier own product, it diminishes the meaning. Leave the word "premium" to the reviewers and especially to the consumer as to whether it is our not. No animals or engineers were harmed typing my post. Thank you.
  • Yeah, I'm just going to tell people to not bother with the Asus phones and just the laptops because those are actually awesome. Lemme tell ya so far this year Samsung has got the market on lock. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • but i still wont be getting a samsung, the day they remove knox ill consider it but until then i will never buy another samsung phone
  • The ASUS Chromebook Flip is pretty premium and they never used the phrase to describe it.
  • Not talking about Asus. Look at the ARM proc diagram for the cortex A-73.
  • The zenbook has one port, similar to the stupid macbook apple released. Who would buy a laptop with one port? Posted via the Android Central App
  • They include the dock with it so I'm in. It's a damn beautiful laptop.
  • That it is.
  • The Zenphone 3 ultra seems more like an LTE connected small tablet, popular in some markets. Is this how they presented it? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's a full phone with all the necessary bands for phone calls and SMS, just with a larger screen
  • Thanks. I use a Note 3 now with a case, quite big. Would you feel comfortable with a phone this big? Awesome AC.
  • If the Ultra has support for all of AT&T's antenna bands, I'm ordering one as soon as I can Posted via the Android Central App
  • So does this mean no new ZenWatch 3??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • They may be waiting for the new wearable Snapdragon processors to be available in sufficient numbers, or waiting for Android Wear 2.0 to be released, or both. Posted via the Android Central App
  • M. 7.ld Posted via the Android Central App
  • All I need is a new touchscreen-enabled Chromebook with USB-C Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder if the tablets have quad core processors. Would be able to get the full potential of desktop gpus and make this a compelling device for me.
  • Intel unveils $1,800 10-core Broadwell-E chip
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