Ahead of Computex later this month, ASUS have unveiled a new range of Zenbook and Vivobook models at their Pinnacle of Performance event this week.
As expected there’s a range of improvements and upgrades across the range, with new processors, Windows 11 across the range and of course improvements to OLED displays including a change to 16:10 aspect ratio and offering higher refresh rates up to 120Hz on more models – and of course a new dual-screen Duo model.
ZenBook Pro 16X OLED
The flagship for the event is the ASUS ZenBook Pro 16X OLED which they say can handle almost any task you throw at it, almost instantly.
The laptop includes a gorgeous 16:10 aspect ratio 16-inch, 4K OLED touch display which is Pantone validated with 100% DCI-P3 support. The touch display also supports the included ASUS Pen 2.0 which has up to 4096 pressure levels.
To power the Zenbook Pro 16X OLED you’ll find up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 – 12900H CPU with up to NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics. There’s up to 32GB of DDR5 5200 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe 4 SSD storage.
ASUS have included a world’s first, per-key WhiteRGB backlit lighting system for the keyboard which can be programmed for notifications and more. The body is milled from 6000-series aerospace grade aluminium to save weight and includes the new ASUS Monogram logo.
The Zenbook Pro 16X OLED also includes the ASUS Dial which integrates with the Adobe suite as well as offering other usability improvements.
Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED
The concept of a dual-screen laptop is alien at first, but the Zenbook Duo range has become a valuable tool for many creatives. The dual-screen Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED has been upgraded from last years Zenbook 14 Duo with a new CPU and of course improvements to the ScreenPad Plus secondary display..
For the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED, ASUS has included the world’s first 14” 2.8K 120 Hz OLED touch display for the main screen which supports 100% DCI-P3. For the secondary display, there’s improvements as well with a new 12.7” 120Hz secondary panel which now has an anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coating. It also has a 12° tilt that reduces the gap with the primary display by 13%.
There’s plenty of power available thanks to the inclusion of new 12th Gen Intel Core processors up to a Core i9 – 12900H CPU and up to an NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti graphics, with up to 32GB of DDR5 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD.
Zenbook Pro 17 (2022)
ASUS has unveiled their first 17-inch Zenbook model, with the Zenbook Pro 17 also the only Zenbook Pro model offering up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 6000 (6900HX) series processors.
The laptop will offer up to 32GB DDR5 6400 RAM and up to 2TB storage using a PCIe Gen 4 SSD and comes with Wifi 6E and a 3 antenna array for improved connection, and is powered by a 76Wh battery.
ASUS has included an extra large 150x90mm touchpad, as well as the ergo-sense key spacing on the keyboard to ensure a comfortable typing experience on this large notebook.
Zenbook Pro 15 Flip
Also in Zenbook Pro line is the 15-inch option with a generous 15.6-inch 120Hz 2.8K OLED display with 100% DCI-P3 support.
As the name suggests, the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip offers a 360° hinge for use in laptop, tent and tablet modes. It’s light enough to carry around, weighing in at 1.8Kg, but still has Military Grade (MIL-STD 810H) durability.
Powered by a 12th gen Intel Core i7 – 12700H processor, the laptop also offers Intel’s latest graphics chipset, the ARC A370M discrete GPU. You can find up to 16GB of DDR5 RAM and up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3 SSD inside.
Zenbook S13 and S13 Flip OLED
For those wanting a premium, portable laptop the new Zenbook S13 will offer two models, a more traditional clam shell design or with a 360° hinge.
Featuring a lightweight magnesium-aluminium alloy unibody design, the laptops are robust and light, weighing in at just 1.1kg. The laptop includes a 13.3-inch 2.8K 16:10 aspect ratio OLED display which supports Dolby Vision and is Pantone validated.
The Zenbook S13 Flip OLED will pack in up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, while the Zenbook S13 will use up to AMD Ryzen 7 processors with up to 16GB of DDR5 RAM – both will have up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD. There’s also a 67Wh battery offering all-day battery life.
As well as their more premium Zenbook line, ASUS is also refreshing their more affordable Vivobook line with new Vivobook Pro models in 14”, 15” and 16” form factors, as well as new Vivobook S in 14” and 16” sizes.
Vivobook Pro 14X, 15X and 16X OLED
ASUS is offering three models of their Vivobook Pro series, the Vivobook Pro 14x, Vivobook Pro 15x and Vivobook Pro 16x.
The new models come with 14.5”, 15.6” and 16” OLED displays, with the 14X and 15X models including 2.8K resolution 120Hz, while the Vivobook Pro 16X will include the worlds first 16” 3.2K 120Hz display.
The Vivobook Pro 15x and Vivobook Pro 16X will offer a choice between up to 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900H series CPUs or AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX series processors, while the Vivobook Pro 14X will be an Intel only offering options up to the same Intel Core i9 CPU. You’ll also be able to see options up to 32GB of DDR5 memory, and with up to 2TB of storage on a PCIe 4.0 SSD.
Battery life is solid across the board, with a 70Wh battery in the 14X, a 76Wh battery in the 15X and a massive 90Wh battery in the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED.
Vivobook S 14X and 16X OLED
The new Vivobook S 14X and Vivobook S 16X OLED are both offering the 14” and 16” OLED displays. The panels are in 16∶10 aspect ratio with 4K resolution NanoEdge wide-view display offering ultraslim bezels and 85.8% screen-to-body ratio.
The Vivobook S 14X and 16X OLED are both built on an Intel platform, with options for 12th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs with Intel Xe graphics. There’s options for up to 16GB of DDR5 4800MHz RAM – which includes one upgradeable DIMM slot, and up to 1TB of storage with a PCIe 4.0 SSD.
There’s a big 70Wh battery and the Vivobook S 14X carries Intel’s EVO certification – and of course being Intel, you’ll get Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports for fast data transfer, video out and more.
At this stage, none of the new Zenbook or Vivobook range have been given launch dates or pricing, but we’ll be given more information on that front as they get closer to launching here.
If you’d like to watch the Pinnacle of Performance announcement, you can now on the ASUS Youtube channel