Asus has quietly announced two additions to its Zenbook lineup that have to do with displays. The new AMD-powered Zenbook 13 S joins a limited but slowly growing lineup of 13-inch OLED laptops for people seeking the benefits of OLED technology at an affordable consumer price. But Asus isn’t leaving Intel behind: the company also unveiled a new Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED convertible with 12th-gen Core processors and Arc GPUs.
The Zenbook 13 S OLED doesn’t look too different from the 13-inch Zenbooks we’ve seen before. It weighs 2.2 pounds and is just over half an inch thick. It’s available in a few fun colors: Ponder Blue, Aqua Celadon, Refined White, and Vestige Beige. But the most interesting thing is that the word “Asus”, which is famous on the covers of Zenbooks, has been replaced by a new arrow-shaped logo. This looks much better to me and more like something I wouldn’t mind having in a coffee shop all day.
About the screen: It is a 2.8K 16:10 touch screen with a response time of 0.2ms and a maximum brightness of 550 nits. The 13-inch OLED Zenbook we reviewed last year delivered a bright, vivid experience, and that screen could be a good fit for viewing multimedia. In terms of connectivity, there’s an audio jack (which was missing from some recent Zenbooks) and there are three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports that support DisplayPort and Power Delivery. There doesn’t seem to be USB-A, which makes me sad.
The 13 S is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 6000 processors, including a Ryzen 5 6600U or Ryzen 7 6800U. It can be configured with up to 32 GB of RAM (LPDDR5) and 1 TB of storage. We haven’t been able to do a lot of testing with these processors yet, but we expect them to be more than capable of handling entertainment, office work, and other tasks typically performed on 13-inch laptops.
Asus hasn’t given us a price or release date for this device, but a 13.9-inch Zenbook S (without OLED) is currently $1,699.98.
On the Intel side, Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is more of a workstation device. It is powered by 12th generation processors up to a Core i7-12700H and Arc GPUs up to an A370M. Its 15.6-inch screen has a resolution of 2880 x 1620 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz (thumbs up) with an aspect ratio of 16:9 (thumbs down). You get up to 1TB of storage and up to 16GB of memory (which is odd since the 13in goes up to 32GB). Previous Zenbook 15 Flip models (with Nvidia GPUs instead of Intel) currently cost up to $1,499.
We hope to update this information with pricing and release dates as soon as they become available.