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Asus presents its new range of ZenBook for 2021

After its PCs designed for video games with the ROG brand, Asus unveils its new range of ultraportable ZenBook at CES 2021.

Asus seems determined to mark CES 2021 with its presence. In addition to the presentation of new ROG products rather encouraging for players and gamers, including the ROG Flow X13, the Taiwanese manufacturer also has in its bag a range of new ultraportables ZenBook. OLED, AMD or Intel screen, here is our overview of the novelties.

Asus ZenBook Duo 14: the concept matures

For several years, Asus has been pushing the concept of a laptop PC with two screens, either by replacing the touchpad with a small secondary display, or by making it take the upper part of the keyboard. The brand continues this project with the new ZenBook Duo 14, the design of which is evolving to gain in maturity. Important change: the “Active Aerodynamic System PlusWhich allows the secondary screen to deploy when opening the PC. This has several consequences according to the brand: a better cooling system, a screen that becomes the natural extension of the main display, but also an angle taken by the keyboard to make it more ergonomic.

Beyond the new design, it is also the technical sheet of this ZenBook Duo 14 that interests. It is equipped with a 14-inch Full HD IPS screen covering 100% of the sRGB spectrum, and supported by a second screen also with a “Full HD” definition. The processor is an 11th generation Intel Core, with up to 32GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 1TB of storage. As an option, it will also be possible to combine it with an Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics chip with 2 GB of GDDR6. The wireless connection will be provided by Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

Connectivity level, let’s mention two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, an HDMI port, a jack port and a microSD reader in addition to the power port. The battery is 70 Wh. Despite its design, the PC keeps a certain compactness and measures 324 x 222 x 16.9 mm for 1.6 kg.

The ZenBook Duo 14 will be available from 1799 euros and from March 2021. Asus having lent us a copy before its presentation, you can already find its test on Frandroid.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED: we won’t do more upscale

By reading the name of the product after the presentation of the ZenBook Duo 14, we have already said everything. The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is a more high-end version of the device, also more imposing, more powerful and with an OLED screen. This time it incorporates a 10th generation Intel Core processor in 45 W with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Graphics power will come from a newly unveiled Nvidia RTX 3000 chip.

The 15.6-inch OLED screen displays a 4K UHD definition of 3840 x 2160 pixels covering 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum. The additional screen unfortunately remains an IPS, again with a 4K UHD definition in width, to keep the same aspect as the main screen. On the issue of the LCD for the secondary screen, Asus explains that the cost of integrating an OLED screen in this location would raise the bill too much.

To support this gain in power, the battery is upgraded to 92 Wh. The PC is necessarily more bulky and measures 359 x 249 x 21.5 mm for 2.4 kg.

Count at least 3,299 euros for this new ultra high-end PC, with availability scheduled for Q2 2021.

Asus ZenBook 13: the OLED screen at Intel or AMD

Fortunately, 2021 should mark the arrival of much more accessible OLED PCs, and this is particularly the case of the ZenBook 13. This PC will be available from March at a price starting at 999 euros for the AMD version and 1199 euros for the Intel version. This is also a feature of this new generation, Asus will leave the choice between AMD and Intel as regards the processor. This promising PC also benefits from a particularly discreet design with a frame of 304 x 203 x 13.9 mm for a featherweight of 1.14 kg.

Here are the technical characteristics.

  • 13.3-inch Full HD OLED display with 100% DCI-P3 spectrum coverage
  • AMD Ryzen 5000 or 11th Generation Intel Core processor
  • Up to 16 GB LPDDR4X 3733 MHz RAM for AMD or up to 32 GB for Intel
  • Up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Connectors:
    • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 4 pour Intel)
    • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    • HDMI
    • microSD
  • Windows Hello infrared camera
  • Batterie 67 Wh
  • 304 x 203 x 13,9 mm
  • 1,14 kg

We can not wait to see what will give these new laptops which look very promising on paper. They will also allow a frontal comparison of the solutions of Intel and AMD.

Asus ZenBook 14: an AMD ultraportable that relies on finesse

With its price starting at 999 euros, the ZenBook 14 is not intended to be the most revolutionary of the Asus range, but rather as the high-end ultraportable product for the general public. According to its manufacturer, it is one of the thinnest 14-inch ultraportables developed with AMD, since it is 14.3 mm thick. It will be possible to combine the Ryzen 5000 processor with an Nvidia MX 450 graphics chip. Depending on the configurations, we can have up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.

The 67 Wh battery promises to last up to 16 hours, a very optimistic figure that will have to be checked during a test. The connection is rather generous with an HDMI port, a micro SD port, a jack port, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports. For wireless, this will again go through Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. The chassis measures 319 x 210 x 14.3 mm for 1.22 kg.

ZenBook 14 will be available in Q1 2021.

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