Asus unexpectedly today dropped two new laptops in its ZenBook family. In a sign of neutrality, one notebook, the ZenBook S 13 OLED, features the latest mobile processor and GPU technology from AMD, while the other, the ZenBook Pro 15 Flip OLED, pulls from Intel's 12th generation mobile CPU and Arc GPU inventory.
The ZenBook S 13 OLED, as its name implies, features a 13.3-inch display. In this case, Asus opted for a 2,880 x 1,800 (2.8K) OLED touch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio (which is becoming increasingly popular in the laptop space) and a 0.2 ms response time. In addition, the panel is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, and the OEM promises 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.
The system is powered a 6 nm Rembrandt (Zen 3+) based processor, the Ryzen 7 6800U. This is an 8-core/16-thread processor with a 2.7GHz base clock and a turbo frequency of up to 4.7 GHz. This refreshed Zen 3+ processor supports DDR5 memory, and Asus takes full advantage of this capability by installing up to 16GB of LPDRR5-6400. The Ryzen 7 6800U includes an RDNA 2-based GPU, the Radeon 680M. It features 12 CUs with a maximum GPU clock of 2.2GHz.
Other features include up to a 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD (up to 6,500 MB/sec reads), Dolby Vision and Atmos support, Harman Kardon sound and a Wi-Fi 6E radio. In addition, Asus fitted the ZenBook S 13 OLED with three USB-C ports, and a single 3.5 mm audio jack. Everything is inside a lightweight magnesium-aluminum alloy unibody chassis (2.2 pounds). Asus also promises up to 10 hours of battery life from the 67 WHr battery.
Moving over to the Intel side of the equation, we have the ZenBook Pro 15 Flip OLED that opts for a 12th generation Core i7-12700H processor (6 performance cores, 8 efficiency cores) with a maximum boost clock of 4.7GHz. The ZenBook Pro 15 Flip OLED also comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory but operates at slower 4800MHz speeds.
On the graphics front, the 2-in-1 convertible uses Intel's brand new Arc A370M discrete GPU (6 Xe cores, 6 RT units, 6GB GDDR6). Asus' spec sheet says "up to Arc 370M," so we'd imagine that integrated Intel Xe or Arc 350M GPU options might also be on offer.
Up to a 1TB SSD is included, albeit with read speeds of up to 3,200 MB/sec (half that of the ZenBook S 13 OLED). The ZenBook Pro 15 Flip OLED features a 2.8K display, albeit in a 16:9 aspect ratio (2,880 x 1620). You'll also find 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage and an added bonus: up to a 120Hz refresh rate. Other features include an IR camera, single-zone RGB keyboard, Dolby Vision and Atmos support, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port and Wi-Fi 6E. Finally, Asus boasts that the 3.96-pound convertible comes with a hefty 96 WHr battery.
Both machines come preinstalled with Windows 11 Pro and Asus Pen 2.0 support. Unfortunately, Asus has not provided us with pricing or availability for these new laptops just yet.
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Awesome specs for these laptops. First thing I'd do on day one if I bought one of these would be to drop Windows 11 and install Windows 10.Reply
I just bought their previous gen model which just came out, so be ready for a long wait.Reply
These do not appear on Asus's website. What is the source for this?Reply
I honestly wish the Zenbook Space Edition would get to use the AMD Ryzen 6800UReply
Admin said:.....Moving over to the Intel side of the equation .
I like it when articles are separated like that. It lets me know exactly when I can stop reading.
This looks good to me, i need to replace my aging laptop.Reply
I am just concerned about the mediocre brightness (325 nits) and the high reflection of the screen. I read a review in my native language that say the screen is overly reflective, what is your take on that? can you use it next to a bright window or something?
Maybe I could apply a anti glare screen protector but I dont want the screen to look blurry.
how long was the wait between the announcement and the release? 6 months?ThatMouse said:I just bought their previous gen model which just came out, so be ready for a long wait.
grince said:how long was the wait between the announcement and the release? 6 months?
More like 12 months and only a handful of the models announced actually make it to market.
that sucks, i'll wait and get whatver comes first between the mabook air m2 and that I guess.ThatMouse said:More like 12 months and only a handful of the models announced actually make it to market.
grince said:that sucks, i'll wait and get whatver comes first between the mabook air m2 and that I guess.
The market is unpredictable. Could come out this year or something similar. I took my ZenBook on a trip recently and the screen is pretty cool! Love OLED.