ASUS has launched three new laptops in their ZenBook-series, the ASUS ZenBook 13, ASUS ZenBook S & the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15, today, in India. The latest Intel Core processors power the laptops with either 13 or 15-inch displays. Except for the ZenBook Pro 15 which comes with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GPU, the other two ultrabooks come with integrated graphics.
ASUS ZenBook S
The ASUS ZenBook S comes with a 13.3-inch display inch. It comes in either a Full HD or 4K UHD resolution. Furthermore, the Full HD variant comes with two display panels, one with a glossy screen and the other with an anti-glare screen. The 4K UHD variant has a glossy touchscreen, for providing input through touch. The screen has a 5.9 mm thin bezels which results in a 85% screen-to-body ratio. The display covers 100% sRGB color space and has a 178° wide-viewing angle.
The laptops can be configured with up to Core i7 8550U processor, which comes with a 1.85 GHz and a Turbo Boost clock up to 4.0 GHz. Intel’s integrated UHD 620 graphics handles the graphics. The RAM can be configured up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 2133 MHz, while the storage can be configured with up to 1 TB of PCIe SSD as well as a 256 GB SATA 3 SSD.
For connectivity, the ZenBook S comes with 2 USB Type C port Gen 2 ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, USB Type-C Gen 1 port, and an audio combo jack. The wireless connectivity options include Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2.
The ASUS ZenBook S comes with an HD webcam for video calls. For audio, the laptop comes with ASUS’s SonicMaster stereo audio system with surround sound support, tuned by Harman Kardon. It has an Array microphone with both Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support.
The laptop comes with a full-size backlit chiclet-style keyboard with 1.2 mm of key travel. The trackpad comes with a glass surface with palm rejection. There’s also an integrated fingerprint sensor which supports Windows Hello for a secured unlocking.
The Laptop comes with 50 Wh battery which is said to offer up to 13.5 hours of battery life. The laptop weighs up to 2.31 pounds or 1.05 kg and is just 1.29 cm or 0.51 inches thick.
Pricing and Availability of ASUS ZenBook S
The ASUS ZenBook S comes in Burgundy Red and Deep Dive Blue colors. The pricing of the ZenBook S with i7-8550U & 16 GB RAM is set at INR 1,29,990, whereas the i7-8550 with 8 GB RAM comes at INR 84,990.
ASUS ZenBook 13
The ASUS ZenBook 13 comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080. The display covers 72% NTSC color space and has an Anti-Glare coating on top. The laptop comes with either 8250U & 8550U 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, clocked at 2133 MHz.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 uses Intel’s integrated UHD 620 graphics and with up to 512 GB of PCIe SSD. The keyboard uses an illuminated 97 key chiclet-style keyboard. The laptop comes with a VGA webcam for video calls and also has a fingerprint scanner for unlocking.
For connectivity, the ASUS ZenBook 13 comes with 2 USB 3.0 Type-A Gen 3.1 ports, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C port, 1 HDMI 1.4 port, 1 SD card slot and an audio combo jack. On the wireless front, the laptop includes 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.2 support.
For audio, the ZenBook 13 comes with two 1 Watt stereo speakers with array microphones that have support for Cortana voice recognition. The laptop comes with a 50 Wh battery and weighs around 0.98 kgs, with up to 1.39 cm thickness.
Pricing and Availability of ASUS ZenBook 13
The ASUS ZenBook 13 comes in Rose Gold and Matte Grey colors. The pricing of the laptop with core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 256 SSD is set at INR 65,990.
Commenting on the launch, Arnold Su, Business Development Manager, ASUS India (PC & Gaming) said,
“It brings us immense pleasure to present our ground-breaking ZenBook Pro Series to our esteemed Indian users. The series has been successful in seamlessly blending futuristic innovations with an enduring, slim and light-weight design, thus continuing our supremacy in the ‘thin & light’ segment. We aim to empower our users with luxury that strikes the perfect balance of beauty, functionality, and performance. The Zenbook series fits perfectly in the said combination at a good price range.”
ASUS ZenBook 15
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 sports a 15.6 inch IPS LCD multitouch display in either FullHD (1920×1080 pixels) or UHD (3840×2160 pixels) resolution. The screens have a 178° wide viewing angle with a 16:9 aspect ratio and an 83% screen-to-body ratio. The laptop also has support for input through ASUS Pen. The 1080p screen covers 100% sRGB color gamut while the 4K panel covers 100% Adobe RGB color space.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 comes with up to Intel 8th Generation Core i9-8950H processors. The laptop has a base frequency of 2.9 GHz and can boost up to 4.5 GHz. It comes with up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400 MHz.
The ZenBook Pro 15 can be configured up to 1 TB of fast NVMe SSD. For the graphics, it comes with GTX 1050 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The laptop has backlit chiclet-style full-size keyboard with a 1.5 mm key travel. It runs on either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.
To the keep the beefy hexacore i9 cool in the 18.9mm thin chassis, the laptop uses a dual-fan cooling system and 3 heat pipes. The laptop comes with a VGA a webcam for video calls.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD ScreenPad, which is covered by glass with fingerprint and smudge resistance. The ScreenPad can be used as a secondary display by dragging windows from the main screen. Apps such as Adobe Photoshop can utilize the secondary display to show the controls and other shortcuts or gestures on it.
There’s an option for integrated fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support. The ZenBook Pro 15 uses SonicMaster stereo audio system and an array microphone with Cortana voice-recognition support and Harman-Kardon branding.
Powering the ZenBook Pro 15 is a 71 Whr 8 cell Li-Po battery which is said to last up to 9 hours. The battery also has fast charging support with up to 60% charge in just 49 mins. For connectivity, the laptop has 2 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports with Thunderbolt support, 2 x USB A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 1 HDMI port, one headphone/microphone jack, 1 MicroSD card slot.
There’s also support for 802.11ac Dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi, along with Bluetooth 5.0. Since the laptop doesn’t have an ethernet port, the box comes with an optional USB to LAN port dongle. The laptop weighs around 1.86 kgs or 4.1 pounds.
Pricing and Availability of ASUS ZenBook Pro 15
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 comes only in Deep Dive Blue color with Rose Gold accents. The pricing of the Core i9 variant is set at INR 2,09,990, while the Core i7 variant is priced at INR 1,79,990.