Samsung has brought a foldable laptop and it can transform the laptop design that we know. The company’s Galaxy Fold is what is usually thought of when Samsung laptops are discussed. However, Asus has revealed something a little different at CES 2022 in the form of the versatile Zenbook 17-Fold OLED.
This will be the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop which is built to MIL-STD 810H durability standards and has two distinct display modes.
The device can be opened like a hardback book to form a single 2,560 x 1,920-resolution 17.3-inch screen at a 4:3 aspect ratio. Users can type onscreen like a tablet or can pair the Zenbook with the company’s ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard for full-display visuals.
Another option is to use it as an open laptop-like pose for two 12.5-inch 1,920 x 1,280-resolution displays – each at a 3:2 aspect ratio. An on-screen keyboard could be loaded onto the lower display with visuals above, or the device can again pair with the Bluetooth keyboard to leave both screens available for content.
The screen has a 0.2-ms response time, puts out 500 nits of peak brightness, offers 1,000,000:1 contrast, and there’s 100 percent support for the DCI-P3 color gamut and Dolby Vision HDR.
There’s a 5-MP webcam with noise reduction technology helping with video call audio clarity, and an IR function that enables convenient logins via Windows Hello while also feeding into cooked-in AI smarts for things like user detection, automatic screen brightness adjustment, and color temperature control.
The laptop comes with a 12th Generation Intel Core i7 U-series processor and Intel Iris X graphics, supported by 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. Connectivity shapes up as Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a 3.5-mm combo audio jack for headphones or an external mic, though the device does benefit from a Harman-Kardon-certified quad-speaker array with immersive Dolby Atmos.
The laptop has fast charging of its 75-Wh Li-ion battery, the option of Windows 10 Home Edition or Windows 10 Pro, and support for Cortana and Alexa voice interaction.
The Zenbook 17-Fold OLED will start selling from the middle of this year. Prices are yet to be disclosed.