ASUS announces latest ZenBook Series and Tilting ScreenPad Plus at CES 2021
Award winners: Flagship 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) has 4K OLED HDR display, and ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) is thinnest 14-inch laptop with a secondary display.
- Tilting ScreenPad Plus: 14-inch and 12.6-inch full-width secondary touchscreens with auto-tilt mechanism, ScreenXpert 2 software with new Control Panel creative tool.
- ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED: 4K OLED HDR NanoEdge display; 14-inch tilting ScreenPad Plus; Intel Core i9; next-gen NVIDIA GeForce laptop GPU.
- ZenBook Duo 14: 14-inch FHD NanoEdge display, 12.6-inch tilting ScreenPad Plus, 11th Gen Intel Core CPU in a smaller form factor for effortless portability.
- New ZenBook single-screen models: All-new ultraportable 13.3-inch ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) and convertible 15.6-inch ZenBook Flip 15 (UX564).
ASUS today announced the latest laptops in the premium ZenBook series, headed up by the 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) and the 14-inch ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482), which are both recipients of prestigious 2021 CES Innovation Awards. These new two-screen models introduce the tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width secondary touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that improves readability, aids cooling and works seamlessly with the main display for effortless multitasking and creativity.
ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED delivers flagship performance, with up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i9 processor. Equipped with a next-generation NVIDIA GeForce laptop GPU, it benefits from all the advancements of NVIDIA Studio for creators.
ZenBook Duo 14 offers many of the benefits and features of its larger but with a 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and a more compact form factor that's designed to enable the ultimate mobile productivity. The lightweight ZenBook Duo 14 is a mere 16.9mm thin, is powered by 11th Generation Intel Core processors, and offers up to 17 hours battery life (1) for all-day autonomy.
“We were very proud to be the first laptop vendor to introduce dual screen laptops to the world in 2019 – ZenBook Duo/Pro Duo. Keeping the leadership in dual screen segment and applying new advancements to the second generation ZenBook Duo Series was our priority.
"Our engineers improved the thermal capacity and battery life, yet added the latest Intel 11th gen CPU together with even more powerful GPUs for smart performance. New laptops can change the CPU power output to save the battery life or provide extra performance depending on users' needs.
"We call this feature – ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT).
"We continue to use OLED panel in 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo UX582 as the customer’s feedback about previous model UX581 was very good. OLED will be a new era and next big step in laptop display evolution you can expect,” said Benjamin Yeh, ASUS East EMEA General Manager PC & Gaming.
For users who prefer to work with a single-screen laptop, the new ultraportable 13.3-inch ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) and convertible 15.6-inch ZenBook Flip 15 (UX564) are attractive alternative choices that combine powerful performance and effortless portability with elegant contemporary styling.
Tilting ScreenPad Plus
The ZenBook Duo 14 introduces a new tilting ScreenPad Plus design that adds a new dimension to on-the-go computing. This full-width secondary touchscreen – which has a resolution of 3 840x1 100 and a higher brightness of 400 nits – automatically tilts upwards by up to 9.5° (7° in ZenBook Duo 14), reducing glare and reflections for improved readability. It makes working with the main four-sided frameless NanoEdge display even more seamless, with endless ways to optimise and personalise workflows. When the laptops are placed on the supplied Duo Stand, the tilted display sits at a stylus-friendly angle, and both displays support the latest 4096-pressure-level devices, including the bundled ASUS Pen (2).
The upgraded Screen Xpert 2 software that powers ScreenPad Plus includes a collection of new and updated built-in apps to help boost productivity, such as the new Window Flick feature that allows users to simply flick windows between displays. The popular Task Group app has an updated design, so users can see their Task Groups at a glance, and lock into work modes instantly by launching multiple apps with a single tap.
ScreenXpert 2 also premieres the exciting new Control Panel, a fully customisable app that will revolutionise creative workflows. Control Panels gives the user precise and intuitive control in creative apps, with intuitive controls for adjusting brush size, saturation, layer opacity, and much more. Four types of control – dial, button, slider and scroll – each work in a different way to give precise and smooth control over parameters. Control Panel currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere and After Effects, and more compatible apps will be announced in the near future.
Ultimate mobile productivity: ZenBook Duo 14
ZenBook Duo 14 is powered by up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, with multiple cores and paired with up to 32GB RAM to make light work of cross-screen workflows using the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and the main display. Ultrafast storage with up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD helps accelerate any workflow and optimise productivity. ZenBook Duo 14 also features ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which works with the 11th Gen Intel processors to intelligently boost performance: using Performance mode, users can enjoy a performance boost of up to 40% (3, 4, 5) compared to a similar standard laptop. ZenBook Duo 14 also incorporates the AAS Plus thermal system that optimises cooling performance, and also allows a 3mm-slimmer chassis due to the reduced need for empty internal cooling space.
With a choice of discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics or integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, ZenBook Duo 14 delivers silky-smooth visuals for multitasking users, supercharging photo- and video-editing tasks. Casual content creators will love the effortless on-the-go visual power that ZenBook Duo 14 provides.
For easy connections to peripherals, ZenBook Duo 14 has comprehensive high-performance I/O capabilities including a pair of the latest Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. These support Power Delivery and DisplayPort and the 40Gbps bandwidth lets users connect an external 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. ZenBook Duo 14 also includes WiFi 6 enhanced with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology.
New ZenBook single-screen models
In addition to the new two-screen models, a new single-screen ZenBook model is also available.
ZenBook Flip 15 is one of the world's most compact 15.6-inch convertible laptops, featuring an FHD NanoEdge touchscreen. Its 11th Gen Intel Core H Series processor and gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics accelerate on-the-go productivity and creativity, making ZenBook Flip 15 the perfect creative partner.
Availability and pricing
ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) and ZenBook Flip 15 (UX564) will be available from mid-February in South Africa from Computer Mania, Incredible Connection and Takealot, starting at R31 999. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
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(1) Battery life test configuration: i5-1135G7, 8GB Memory, 1W FHD Display, 512G SSD, 70Whr. Battery tests conducted by ASUS in Oct 2020 using MobileMark 2018. Test settings: Wi-Fi enabled, display brightness set to 200nits. Actual battery life may vary depending on product configuration, usage, operational conditions and power management settings. Battery life will decrease over the lifetime of the battery.
(2) ASUS Pen is bundled with ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) only.
(3) The 40% performance increase is compared to a 3D Mark TimeSpy multicore score of an 11th generation CPU at fixed 15W TDP. Data is from ASUS internal laboratories.
(4) Test score may vary according to specifications.
(5) To enable Performance Mode, please keep the laptop plugged in for the best performance, set the Windows power option as ASUS Recommended Mode, and select Performance Mode in the MyASUS software.