Every year, it appears that evidently extra firms are attempting out gadgets with foldable screens. Within the PC house, outcomes for these have been… combined. However Asus is understood for doing funky issues, particularly funky issues with screens. So it was solely a matter of time earlier than the corporate tried its hand at considered one of these, and we’re lastly getting a take a look at the primary era. Say hiya to the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, a 17.3-inch laptop computer with a foldable OLED display screen. For these searching for a extra conventional providing, there’s additionally a clamshell Zenbook 14 OLED coming later this 12 months.

The first good thing about a foldable system (aside from the truth that it seems to be actually freakin’ cool) is that it makes a bigger display screen simpler to suit into purses and luggage. A 17-inch pill, particularly, is perhaps a ache for many individuals to hold round, irrespective of how skinny and light-weight it’s. There are additionally just a few extra choices for the way you need to use a foldable like this — you may unfold it and use it like an everyday pill, you may prop it up with a kickstand, or you may fold it sideways at a 90-degree angle and use it like a miniature clamshell.

This was what I loved about ThinkPad X1 Fold, Lenovo’s shot at this type of factor. I favored having the ability to pop the system into completely different modes relying on what I used to be doing and the place I used to be in. That system, in clamshell mode, was cramped to make use of as a consequence of its small display screen, although (it was solely a 13.3-incher to start with). The Zenbook 17 Fold ought to, theoretically, resolve that drawback: It’s a 4:3 17.3-incher when unfolded and a 3:2 12.3-incher in clamshell. That additionally leaves extra room for a spacious keyboard — my different main criticism in regards to the X1 Fold was that the keyboard was impractically small. (The Zenbook Fold’s is bundled with the system and has 1.4mm of journey.)

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in clamshell mode on a black coffee table with a black couch behind it. Next to it are a black watch, a black pair of headphones, and a closed black notebook with a black pen atop. The screen displays a multicolor background.

Right here’s what it seems to be like folded into clamshell mode.
Picture: Asus

Inside, the Zenbook comes with twelfth Gen Intel Core i7 U-Sequence processors and as much as 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It consists of Asus’ “ScreenXpert 2” software program (additionally on its latest dual-screen gadgets) that can assist you extra simply break up the display screen and organize its contents.

One of many issues with skinny, high-resolution gadgets (the Fold is 2560 x 1920) is usually battery life. All these pixels suck up juice, and a smaller system tends to have much less room for a big brick. The X1 Fold didn’t final very lengthy. Nevertheless, the Zenbook 17 has a 75Wh battery inside (which is pretty massive for a product that’s lower than half an inch thick and larger than what is available in many 13-inch skinny and light-weight laptops). Asus hasn’t supplied a battery life estimate but, after all, however that’s a promising spec.

The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will likely be obtainable in Q2 2022 with pricing to be introduced. (I think about it’ll be costly.)

The Zenbook 14 OLED closed from above on a white carpet.

And right here’s the Zenbook 14 OLED.
Picture: Asus

Asus introduced just a few extra OLED Zenbooks this week, together with the Zenbook 14 OLED. This one is an old-school clamshell 14-inch laptop computer that would function a each day driver for work or college. It’s obtainable in some interesting-sounding colours (relying on which processor you select), together with Aqua Celadon, Ponder Blue, and Jade Black, with a lid impressed by “traditional Japanese craftsmanship.”

This Zenbook has a roomy 16:10, 2.8K, 90Hz show (a refresh fee that’s turning into extra frequent on OLED laptops however continues to be fairly exhausting to search out). You should purchase it with both a twelfth Gen Intel Core i7 P-series processor or an AMD Ryzen 5000 chip. Asus says it is going to meet the necessities of Intel’s Evo program (which might bode effectively for the battery life, particularly), and the audio has been Harmon Kardon-certified.

Pricing has not but been introduced for the Zenbook 14 OLED, nevertheless it’s coming in Q2 of 2022.


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