After months of waiting, Asus has finally unveiled its new Zenbook 17 Fold OLED laptop. The latter is quite special because, as the name suggests, the screen can bend at its center.
Asus first unveiled its Zenbook 17 Fold OLED at CES 2022 in Las Vegas in January, but it took a few months to finally get word of it. This unusual 17.3-inch laptop reminds us a lot of the 2019 Lenovo ThinkPad X1.
Indeed, the Zenbook 17 Fold stands out from the competition thanks to OLED its huge foldable screen allows the computer to be split into two equal parts. A laptop as much as a tablet, Asus’ new device will allow usersadapt its format to suit their use.
What specifications for Zenbook 17 Fold OLED?
Despite its special format, Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED presents us with a very interesting technical report. His 17.3-inch 4:3 touchscreen 2.5K OLED 60Hz by definition 2560 x 1920 pixels can fold into two equal 12.5-inch sections. Its folding aspect does not make it a bad screen, as we find maximum brightness 500 nitssupport 100% DCI-P3HDR and Dolby Vision or even 0.2ms response time. According to Asus, the display will “only” support it 30,000 openings and closingsIt’s a far cry from the 200,000 that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers. However, this still allows you to use it an average of 6 times a day for 9 years.
The power is there. A PC is equipped with a processor Intel Core i7-1250U, 16 GB 5200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM and 1 TB of memory. For the GPU part, the computer relies on no discrete graphics cardIntel Iris Xe. The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold is equipped with an OLED a 75Wh battery enough to ensure a day’s autonomy. Inevitably, the computer will be much more durable when folded than when using the entire screen. Asus promises up to 9.5 hours in 12.5-inch laptop mode and up to 8.5 hours in 17.3-inch desktop mode.
we will find four Harman Kardon speakers Dolby Atmos certified. The computer can also rely on a 5-megapixel web camera, an infrared sensor, and an ambient light sensor.
On the connectivity side, the laptop offers Wi-Fi 6Ethe Bluetooth 5.2 and two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports Compatible with 65W fast charging 3.5 mm jack. Finally, everything is in a fairly compact device that only weighs 1.5 kg without keyboard and 1.8 kg with keyboard.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED comes with a separate keyboard
Unlike most laptops, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED does not offer an integrated keyboard, as its entire surface is covered by the screen. Though it is possible to bring up a virtual keyboard when folded in half, ASUS provides a physical Bluetooth keyboard with a touchpad that you can attach directly to the screenor you can simply place it on your desk to take advantage of the full 17.3-inch screen.
Asus offers several ways to use your computer. We find desktop mode where the screen placed in front of the keyboard opens in landscape, laptop mode where the keyboard can be magnetically attached to the lower half of the screen, tablet mode, support mode for reading or viewing. (folded screen with keyboard detached) and finally widescreen mode (Windows 11 with portrait orientation).
Price and availability
In its press release, Asus surprisingly confirms that the price of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will be high. The laptop will be offered in France from 3999 euros. But we’ll have to wait a few more weeks before we see him come to our home. Asus announces thatwill be available worldwide in the fourth quarterwithout giving an exact start date.
The usability of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can completely change the way you use a traditional laptop and we can’t wait to try such a device for ourselves.