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Asus ZenBook 3 is slim, shiny and powerful

The Asus ZenBook 3 features impressive hardware with an Intel Core i7 processor and a 1TB SSD in a super slim design.

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Waging war

On Monday, Asus announced the Zenbook 3, its new answer to Apple's Macbook and Macbook Air ranges.

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Another strong Windows offering

The range starts at $999, putting it in competition with the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and the Razer Blade Stealth.

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If it ain't broke...

The laptop's design is familiar for anyone who's used a Zenbook before.

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Slim design

The company claimed the Zenbook 3 is slimmer and lighter than Apple's incredibly slim and light 12-inch Macbook.

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Lightweight

The Zenbook 3 is just 11.9mm thick and weighs 910g (2lb).

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Packing heat

The top of the line model will retail for $1,999 (£1,370, AU$2,790) and will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, a whopping 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM.

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Different looks

We got a look at the Rose Gold edition. It will also come in Royal Blue and Quartz Grey.

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Spacious

Asus says the laptop has twice the key travel of Apple's 12-inch MacBook.

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Unlocked

The Zenbook 3's trackpad will feature a fingerprint sensor for touch log in.

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