The Asus ZenBook S strikes an imposing figure when its open.
This is all packed into a relatively compact chassis, weighing a hair under 4 pounds for the 15.6-inch VivoBook S, and just over 3 pounds for the 14-inch variety.
After going through these two transformations, this Ultrabook feels a lot more comfortable to use than numerous other laptops we've used in the past - with the exception of the Dell Adamo XPS, which brought forth the very same design as the ZenBook S almost eight years ago. Finally, the ScreenPad can mirror a smartphone with the use of the ASUS Sync app and can also work in screen extender mode, seen as an additional display by Microsoft Windows and allowing any windows to be dragged over to it such as chat windows, social media accounts, email, or anything else!
Asus is pushing the displays on the 15-inch model, which it says are its first to be Pantone validated, and the company is also claiming 132 percent sRGB coverage and 178-degree viewing angles. The processor will be paired up with 16 GB of power-sipping 2133 MT/s LPDDR3 RAM.
The company is promising 13.5 hours of battery life, but we'll be testing that in our own labs soon enough.
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The UX580 also has a fingerprint sensor, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. Announced today at Computex Taipei, the ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) and 14 have a 5.5-inch touchpad which doubles as a screen that provides a quick launcher, number pad, media player and app-specific toolbars.
The best feature about this new ZenBook S is its durability features. The ScreenPad features adaptive functions that are context sensitive, and it is created to enhance your workflow and productivity.
Meanwhile, as the name suggests, the ZenBook Pro family includes "professional powerhouses" with up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9 inside, GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics, 1TB SSDs, gigabit-class Wi-Fi connectivity and Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Base models will likely come with less storage and memory as well as a lower-tier - but still entirely serviceable - Intel Core i5-8250U CPU.
Of these models, the ZenBook S will be the first one to hit the market. The laptop will launch on June 11 for $1,199. The 15-inch version of the laptop will be available in July for $2,299 with no US release announced for its slightly-smaller sibling. While there will be different configurations, apparently the 15.6-inch model with Intel's i9 processor should be available sometime in July and will be priced at $2299 Dollars, while the launch date and price for the 14-inch variant is now unknown.