Asus presented on Monday (27) during Computex the ZenBook Pro Duo, a notebook with innovative design that brings two 4K screens. The laptop has a 15-inch main OLED display and a second LCD that occupies half the base just above the keyboard.
The manufacturer also announced more current models of the ZenBook line, updated versions of Asus ROG gamer notebooks, as well as new routers and monitors. Here’s a summary of what’s new.
ZenBook Pro Duo
Aimed at the professional audience, the ZenBook Pro Duo stands out for the ScreenPad Plus, a 4K resolution secondary IPS display that adds to the main 4-inch screen to increase productivity. Unlike the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, which houses only application controls, the launch of Asus allows you to fix entire programs in the bottom pane. The promise is high image quality, with 100,000: 1 contrast HDR support and 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
The hardware has cutting-edge specifications, with a ninth-generation Core i9 processor, up to 32 GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 video card and 1 TB SSD with PCIe 3.0 x4 quick interface. There is also a simpler version, called ZenBook Duo, with dual-screen full HD, ninth-generation Core i7 chip and MX250 video card.
The ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo still have no price or start date for the sales reported. The expectation is that the products reach the market still in 2019.
ZenBook 13, 14 and 15
Asus has renewed the line of ultra-thin ZenBook notebooks: ZenBook 13 (UX334), ZenBook 14 (UX434) and ZenBook 15 (UX534). The models bring the ScreenPad, a trackpad that works on a touch screen and acts as a secondary monitor and numerals keyboard. The novelty first appeared in ZenBook Pro 14 in 2018.
In addition, the launches bring improved screens, built with NanoEdge technology and occupy 95% of the space in the lid, minimizing the edges. The datasheets are also up to date, with specifications that may include Seventh-Generation Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card and up to 16 GB of RAM. The laptops are also compatible with PCIe SSD and Wi-Fi with gigabit speed.
Dsiplays for Asus ROG notebooks
The ROG (Republic of Gamers) gamer line will have new options for screen upgrades. The Strix SCAR III and Hero III models can be configured with a 17-inch Full HD 240 Hz panel that promises 3 ms response. The Zephyrus S GX502, which has a thinner and lighter profile, has the option of a 15.6-inch 120 Hz screen with 4K resolution, GSync support and 400 nits brightness. Asus also announced a new 4K resolution AMOLED display with HDR support, 100% DCI-P3 and 80,000: 1 contrast. The screen does not yet have a compatible compatible notebook model.
Wi-Fi Router 6
The AiMesh AX6600 is a new Asus mesh router compatible with the WiFi 6 standard for both communication between the network nodes and between user devices. Comprising two units, the kit promises up to 6,600 Mbps throughput and offers 2.5G WAN port for wired connection. The launch also features parental control software and a real-time network scanning system to protect the user from threats. Still without price announced, the router should reach the market from July.
The ZenScreen Touch is a 15.6-inch portable monitor with Full HD resolution that can be used to work anywhere. The screen has its own 7,800 mAh battery, stand alone stand and USB-C port to connect to all kinds of picture source, including cell phones.
Already the ROG Strix XG17 is a 17.3-inch model aimed at the public gamer. The panel also has Full HD resolution, but operates at 240 Hz to ensure smoother response. Moreover, the model repeats the ZenScreen’s battery and USB-C port, adding a micro-HDMI input for increased compatibility.
The monitors still do not have official price. The expectation is that they will be launched in the international market in June.