Asus ZenBook S (UX391)

Asus ZenBook S (UX391)

Revealed at Computex 2018, the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 will take the top spot of the hardware firm's laptop line-up, where it hopes to grab attention with a more innovative take on traditional touchpads.

The new portable PC is available in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch sizings and the aesthetics here embody that classic ZenBook look.

Arriving in July in Australia, the ZenBook Pro series will be the first Asus device that has a touchpad functioning as a secondary 5.5-inch full HD display, dubbed the ScreenPad. Probably the standout product of the new mix is the ZenBook Pro 15 with ScreenPad Windows PTP (Precision Touch Pad). ASUS kept a larger bezel on the bottom, in part to house the display electronics, but also to give you something to hold onto that's not the screen when used in tablet mode. At the core of the ZenBook Pro 15 is up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i9-8950HQ hexa-core processor, capable of boosting its frequency up to 4.5GHz and providing nearly 30% faster performance than the previous generation.

The redesigned ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 has a new trick to show off - a totally new touchscreen trackpad known as the ScreenPad.

With the ZenBook Pro screenpad, Asus offers access to the shortcuts of PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Both laptops feature dual-storage designs, with VivoBook S15 featuring up to a 512GB SSD and 2TB HDD. The 13.3-inch ZenBook S majors on slim portability but is still sturdy enough to meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G durability standards. Powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors and a superfast PCIe x4 SSD, ZenBook S also features up to a 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen and delivers up to 13.5 hours battery life for all-day performance.

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The Asus ZenBook S runs on Windows 10 and will be available for sale starting June 11. The 14-inch version has a unique hinge that increases the keyboard angle when you open it wider, which could make long typing sessions more comfortable.

Along with the onstage announcements, Asus also showcased additional feature products in the press event demo area.

Ports-wise you'll find a trio of USB-A ports (one USB 2.0, two USB 3.1), a single USB-C port (which infuriatingly does not support charging the laptop), an audio jack, full-size SD card reader, and a DC power port. Since it a convertible notebook, it has four distant modes - Stand, Book, Tent, and Flat. It also weighs 1.88kg and is 18.9mm thick. As for the specifications, the VivoBook 15 and 14 are powered by Intel's 8th Generation Core processors along with Nvidia's GeForce MX150 GPUs.

The ZenBook S features up to an incredibly sharp 4K touchscreen display covering 100% of the sRGB color space and an incredible 1500:1 contrast ratio. ErgoLift is also built into the latest models of ASUS' Zenbook and VivoBook series.

The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 features 8th Generation Intel Core i9 hexa-core processor, coupled up with 16GB of RAM.

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