Asus refreshes ZenBook 14, 15 with ScreenPad 2.0, introduces ZenBook Flip 13

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 09-Sep-2019
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Asus appears to be on a roll. Less than a week after launching the new VivoBook series of laptops in India, Asus has refreshed two of its existing ZenBook models and added a new convertible model to its premium laptop line-up. In other words, Asus has updated the existing ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15 with its proprietary ScreenPad 2.0 technology, which essentially introduces a secondary display in the laptop's touchpad. We got our first look at this technology earlier in May during Computex 2019. Asus has also introduced a new convertible laptop called the ZenBook Flip 13. According to a press release sent by Asus, the company's newly launched range starts at Rs 76,990.

The updated ZenBook 14 (UX434) and ZenBook 15 (UX534) feature Asus’ proprietary ScreenPad 2.0 technology. Debuted first in the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 last year, ScreenPad essentially marries the laptop's touchpad with a secondary display. Put differently, the touchpad doubles as a small secondary display in the laptop's keyboard island. ScreenPad 2.0 provides the user with quick shortcuts while using applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel. It can also be used as a calculator and a number pad, among other things. You can read more about ScreenPad here in our reivew of the ZenBook Pro 15. The new ZenBook 14 starts at Rs 79,990 while the new ZenBook 15 starts at Rs 1,19,990.

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The Asus ZenBook 14 is powered by up to an Intel 8th Gen Core i7 CPU with up to 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics card. Storage is taken care of by a 1TB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive. The display on the ZenBook 14 is a 14-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel, while the ScreenPad on it is a 5.65-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel. The ZenBook 15, on the other hand, offers the same CPU, RAM amount, and storage capacity but features a more capable Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card with up to 4GB of video RAM. The display on the ZenBook 15 is a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel.

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The ZenBook Flip 13 (UX362), which Asus calls the world's most compact convertible laptop, does not sport a ScreenPad like the other two ZenBook models. It does, however, sport an integrated haptic number pad within its touchpad. The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 is powered by up to an Intel 8th Gen Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM and an integrated Intel graphics card. Storage is taken care of by a 512GB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive. The display on the ZenBook Flip 13 is a flippable 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen IPS LCD panel. Available in only a single variant, the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 costs Rs 76,990.

Asus has refreshed its ZenBook line-up of premium laptops a few months before it is expected to bring in Intel's 10th Gen Core series of CPUs. It has also dropped the ZenBook Flip 13 alongside the existing ZenBook Flip S convertible laptop (read our review of it here). In related news, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer launched only last week a new set of VivoBook laptops namely the VivoBook 14 X403, VivoBook 14 X409, and VivoBook 15 X509. You can read our first impressions of the Asus VivoBook 14 X403 here. The newly announced Asus ZenBook models are currently on sale on Amazon.in, Flipkart, and Paytm Mall.

Vignesh Giridharan
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