Asus’ new ZenBook Pros replace the touchpad with a 5.5-inch touch display

Asus Zenbook

Earlier today Asus announced the ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580), the ZenBook Pro (UX480) and the ZenBook S (UX391).

The ZenBook S will be the first available and is only 13mm tall, weighs 1kg and features a 13.3-inch display. The weird-looking notebook tilts the bottom half — where the keyboard lies — up to a 5.5° when it’s completely open. Asus calls this new hinge “ErgoLift” According to Asus, the odd angle improves on the typing experience, allows for cooling airflow and makes audio performance better.  The lightweight laptop also includes 5.9mm bezels around a 4K display.

The ZenBook S has up to an eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor, up to 16GB of RAM up to 1TB of SSD storage and an integrated UHD 620 graphics card. Further it features a 50Wh lithium-polymer battery.

The new Asus ZenBook Pro features a 5.5-inch ScreenPad in replacement of its touchpad. The ScreenPad can run apps like the Windows Calendar. More than the ScreenPad, the ZenBook Pro 15 features up to an eighth-core i9 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

Additionally, it sports a 15.6-inch 4K display and a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. It also weighs 1.88kg and is 18.9mm thick.

The ZenBook Pro 14 on the other hand runs up to a i7 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. It’s 17.9mm thick and weighs 1.6kg. It also uses the 5.5-inch ScreenPad and features an infrared camera for Windows Hello’s facial recognition.

The ErgoLift on the Asus ZenBook S is also featured on the new ZenBook Pro 15 and 14.

We’ve reached out to Asus for Canadian pricing and availability. However in the U.S. the ZenBook Pro will start shipping in mid-July at $2,299 USD ($2,982 CAD) and the ZenBook S on June 11th for ($1,555.40 CAD). The 14-inch ZenBook Pro will come out at a later date, but expect the price to be somewhere in the middle.

Source: TechCrunch