During its “The Pinnacle of Performance” event, ASUS unveiled a variety of new laptops, focusing primarily on its Zenbook and Vivobook lines. All of the new laptops that were shown off have OLED displays and the most recent processors from AMD and Intel. Many of the displays have a high refresh rate of 120 Hz. Additionally, the lineup features improved thermal designs to maintain cooling.
OLED 16-inch ASUS Zenbook Pro:
To begin, there is the brand-new ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED, which is distinctive beyond just its display. It does have an OLED panel, and the screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio, making it slightly taller and larger than the Zenbook Pro 15 from the previous generation. That display is an Ultra HD panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. In addition to covering 100% of DCI-P3, it also supports DisplayHDR True Black 500.
It also now comes with upgraded graphics up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and Intel’s H-series processors with up to a Core i9-12900H with 14 cores (6P + 8E). The system as a whole now has a maximum TDP of 140W, which means you’ll get a lot more performance (ASUS promises three times more CPU performance and fifty percent more GPU performance), but it will also produce more heat and use more power. As a result, in addition to the standard heat pipes, a brand-new 3D vapor chamber cooling system has been constructed by ASUS to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
This laptop’s design is one of a kind because the keyboard is housed on a hinge that lifts up when the laptop is opened. This is similar to some models of the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo that have a secondary display in this area. In this instance, the keyboard is up there. This makes room for a touchpad with a built-in digital number pad and a haptic feedback and pressure sensor touchpad, which is now 84% larger and has a new way to take in air for cooling. Additionally, it improves the speaker setup’s ability to produce sound. Additionally, it means that there is room for a wheel to rotate next to the trackpad—ideal for use in Adobe Creative Cloud’s professional creative applications.
Despite its substantial internals, the laptop, which is machined from 6000 series aluminum and has a thickness of just under 17 mm, is still fairly portable. The ASUS logo on the lid, under the keyboard, and the keys themselves are illuminated in RGB on the ASUS Zenbook 16X OLED. Additionally, the lighting can be used to display alerts and notifications regarding low battery levels.
OLED in the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo:
The new Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is next. It is a significant improvement over the previous Zenbook Duo 14 and even more so over the previous Zenbook Duo. Additionally, it features Intel’s H-series processors with up to 3.6 times the performance of the original Zenbook Duo, with up to six Core i9-12900H14 cores (6P + 8E). It also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, which ASUS claims can perform up to 3.7 times as well as the previous generation.
Naturally, the display has also been upgraded to a brand-new 2.8K OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, as is the case with many of the laptops that ASUS has announced today. This is a significant upgrade because the previous 14-inch Zenbook Duo models only featured a Full HD 60Hz display. The new 16:10 aspect ratio, which is ideal for productivity, particularly in creative apps, is yet another significant improvement. In addition, it now has a brightness of up to 500 nits, up from 400 nits on the previous-generation Zenbook Duo 14, and it also covers 100% of DCI-P3. To top it all off, the secondary display on the laptop’s bottom half is matched to those specs, making the experience more seamless.
That second screen can, as usual, be used in a variety of ways to expand your desktop. Additionally, you can use the ASUS Control Panel to place user-friendly controls on the second screen that are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop and others.
The laptop also has a lot of ports, including HDMI, USB Type-A, Thunderbolt 4, and an SD card reader that can read SD cards at SD Express 7.0 speeds.
Flip OLED ASUS Zenbook Pro 17 and Zenbook Pro 15:
The Zenbook Pro 15 Flip convertible and the Zenbook Pro 17 laptop complete the Zenbook Pro lineup, according to ASUS. The first is a convertible laptop with a 15-inch screen that is equipped with up to an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, Intel Arc A370M graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 1 TB SSD. This model has a large 96Wh battery and a 15.6-inch OLED display with 2.8K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.
In the meantime, the first 17-inch Zenbook laptop is the ASUS Zenbook Pro 17. It is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU and up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, and it has a 2.5K NanoEdge display with a 165Hz refresh rate. It also has a 2TB SSD with read speeds of 6,500 MB/s and up to 32 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It offers a similar experience to Thunderbolt, which is typically only available to Intel devices, but it supports USB4, which is still uncommon on AMD laptops.
OLED Zenbook S13 and Flip OLED Zenbook S13:
The Zenbook S13 OLED and Zenbook S13 Flip OLED are two premium laptops designed for a more mainstream audience, rounding out the Zenbook lineup with some devices that are more commonplace. They now feature 2.8K OLED displays, and as their names suggest, one is a convertible and the other is a clamshell. The display supports 100% of DCI-P3 and has a peak brightness of up to 550 nits.
Up to a Core i7-1260P with 12 cores and 16 threads, Intel’s 12th-generation P-series processors can be found inside the Zenbook S13 Flip OLED. A 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD and up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM are also included. In the mean time, the clamshell form is controlled by up to an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, and it maximizes at 16GB of Slam, yet entirely it’s generally comparable. Additionally, both models run on a 67Wh battery.
Because they are both less than 15 millimeters thick and weigh less than 1 kilogram (1.1 kilogram for the Flip model), these laptops are more geared toward being ultralight. Due to the AMD processor, the clamshell model does not support Thunderbolt, whereas the clamshell model has three Thunderbolt 4 ports. Other than the headphone jack and the USB-C/Thunderbolt port, there are no other ports.
OLED-equipped ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X, 15X, and 16X:
Continuing on toward the Vivobook setup, ASUS presented a small bunch of new Vivobook Genius workstations, including the Vivobook 14X, 15X, and 16X OLED. These all have OLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate, like the rest of the laptops that were announced today. However, the size and resolution of the displays vary.
The ASUS Vivobook Pro 16X OLED is the most powerful laptop announced today because it can be equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and up to a 14-core Intel Core i9-12900H or an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. The first laptop with a 3.2K OLED 120Hz display and a 16-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio are also unique features of the display. The entire laptop is made of metal, and its 90Wh battery is the largest of the bunch. Additionally, the touchpad of the laptop contains a digital dial known as the DialPad that can be utilized with applications from Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud.
The Vivobook Genius 15X OLED accompanies up to an Intel Center i7-12700H or an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, as well as a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, so it’s as yet an exceptionally strong machine. Although the display measures 15.6 inches and has a 16:9 aspect ratio, it is still a 2.8K OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, making it the first laptop with this type of display. This one does not have an all-metal design like the Pro 16X and Pro 14X OLED, but it does have an antibacterial coating to keep it clean for longer. A 76Wh battery is used.
Lastly, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics and an Intel Core i9-12900H processor power the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED. It has less power than larger models, but that’s to be expected given its size. Aside from that, it has an OLED panel that is 14.5 inches wide and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It also has the same 16:10 aspect ratio as the 16-inch version. Even though the battery is even smaller (70Wh), the smaller display and less power-hungry GPU may actually make it last longer than the 15-inch model.
The Vivobook Pro 14 OLED and Pro 15 OLED from ASUS are also available if you don’t need all that performance. A maximum of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU and an Intel Core i7-12700H or AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX are included in each unit. The Vivobook Pro 15 OLED features a 2.8K OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 15.6-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Vivobook Pro 14 OLED, on the other hand, has a 14.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 2.8K OLED panel. The battery in the smaller model is 63Wh, while the one in the larger model is 70Wh.
OLED versions of the Vivobook S 14X and S 16X:
At last, ASUS presented the new Vivobook S series, featured by the new Vivobook S 14X OLED and Vivobook S 16X OLED. There is a significant difference between these laptops, which both feature 16:10 OLED displays and up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor.
Similar to the laptops above, the Vivobook S 14X OLED features a 14.5-inch 2.8K OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. For those who value resolution more than refresh rate, the 16-inch model, on the other hand, features a 4K Ultra HD OLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Aside from the 70Wh battery, premium all-metal designs, and other similarities, the two laptops are very similar.
There are also the new Vivobook S 14 OLED and Vivobook S 15 OLED if you want to take things down a notch. The Vivobook S 15 OLED features a 15.6-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 2.8K resolution, and the more common 16:9 aspect ratio. The Vivobook S 14 OLED, on the other hand, has a 14-inch OLED display with 2.8K resolution but a lower refresh rate of 90Hz. However, it retains its tall 16:10 aspect ratio, which is greatly appreciated. Additionally, only a metal lid replaces the all-metal design on these models.
Editions by Steven Harrington and Philip Colbert for the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED:
ASUS also announced two special editions of the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED for customers who want something with a little bit more personality. The Vivobook 13 Salte OLED was first introduced by ASUS last year; however, these special editions include additional components created in collaboration with well-known artists Steven Harrington and Philip Colbert. The tablet, a cover stand, a sleeve, an optional mouse, the ASUS Pen 2.0 and a pen holder, the keyboard, and stickers that you can put on the keys to make them look more colorful are all included in the package. The Philip Colbert edition features the artist’s lobster character and a variety of designs, while the Steven Harrington Edition features somewhat tropical designs with pastel colors and palm trees.
These editions will be available this month for $899, which is a reasonable price considering that you get all of the necessary accessories and some original designs.
Although ASUS did not specify a release date for any of these new laptops, they should be available in the coming months. Also, we don’t know when the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, which was announced earlier this year at CES, will be available for purchase. Hopefully, that will also be available for purchase soon.