For some time now, tablets have become so popular that they have made a niche for themselves in the world of laptops, since today it is just as valid to work with a laptop as with a tablet with a physical keyboard. And if we already add what is now the latest technology in the world of mobile telephony, flexible screen terminals, we have what ASUS has just presented at CES in Las Vegas, the first technology fair of the year.
Asus ZenBook 17 Fold
The ZenBook 17 Fold is a full screen foldable OLED tablet, which marks an evolution of the Project Precog dual-screen concept that the company showcased in 2018. The device comes with a Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad. When the screen is partially folded and the keyboard is placed in the lower half, it can be used effectively like a 12.5 inch Windows laptop with Full HD resolution. For more space, the keyboard can be placed on the desk and the tablet can stand upright.
When it is fully open, the 17.3-inch screen has:
- Aspect ratio 4: 3
- 2560 x 1920 QHD resolution
- 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio
- 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut
- 0.2 ms response time
- 90 Hz refresh rate.
The Pantone-validated touchscreen complies with the VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black standard and supports Dolby Vision.
No price yet and for May 2022
The ZenBook 17 Fold has one 75 Wh capacity battery, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, a Dolby Atmos quad speaker system, and 1 TB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage. Can come in up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory, as well as “Intel ‘s latest CPU“with integrated graphics. Ports are limited to a single Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
ASUS hasn’t revealed the pricing, though it intends to launch the ZenBook 17 Fold around May. The device and keyboard weigh nearly two kilos together, which might make it hard to sell for some people. It remains to be seen if ASUS can overcome this problem, as well as supply chain difficulties and problems that other manufacturers have had with folding devices.