06 July 2019
Asus is one of those tech giants who does not shy away from experimenting with innovative approaches to bring something new and unique to the market. It has done the same with the launch of ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo as they not only feature Asus SceenPad but also a secondary display.
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is the flagship offering as it boasts dual 4K displays. The primary display is a 15.6-inch OLED panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio like you find on any other laptop. It is an Asus NanoEdge display panel which means there are bare minimum bezels on all four sides. The secondary 14-inch display panel (ScreenPad Plus) is present just above the physical full-sized keyboard which is a 4K IPS panel with 32:9 aspect ratio. It means even though the width remains the same, the height is exactly the half.
The second display can be used for multiple purposes depending on one's need or preferences. There is even a custom Asus software that is meant to help take full benefits of the secondary panel. It is up to users whether the user wants to use both displays for consuming the same content or two separate contents on the two panels.
Under the hood, it has an octa-core 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor with up to 32GB of RAM. There is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 discreet GPU for handling graphics-intensive tasks. The connectivity options include a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and a full-sized HDMI port. There is support for Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana digital assistants. The trackpad is available on the right side which can also be used as a full numeric pad.
On another hand, the ZenBook Duo is a laptop that is quite similar to the Pro model but with toned down specifications. It means that both display panels on the model offer 14-inch and 12.6-inch sizes with Full HD (1080p) resolution. It has Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 processor.
Asus is yet to reveal pricing and availability details of ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo notebooks. The only thing that has been revealed is that these are expected to arrive sometime in Q3 2019.