15 January 2020
ASUS is also present at the CES 2020 event in Las Vegas to showcase its line of products with major upgrades. Like every year, ASUS has updated its VivoBook and ZenBook series to embrace the ongoing change and offer the best to its consumers.
ASUS is bringing the upgraded mid-tier VivoBooks with new colors and internal changes. The VivoBook S series and the standard VivoBooks are powered by the 10th-generation Intel Core U and G-series chips. They also have dedicated NVIDIA graphics and WiFi 6 support.
The 2020 VivoBook S13 (S333) replaces the older 2018 VivoBook S13 (S330). It is available to configure up to the Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPU, 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD with Optane H10. And, you get the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPU that will likely to be the GeForce MX300 or MX350.
The second model is the 2020 VivoBook (S533) and it replaces the 2018 VivoBook S15 (S530). The configuration includes up to the Core i7-10510U with GeForce MX250 graphics and the same 1TB SSD with Optane H10 as the smaller VivoBook S13.
There are now fresh colors that include Hearty Gold, Indie Black, and Transparent Silver.
The VivoBook 14 and 15 models have also been updated with subtler tweaks. With several CPU selections, including the Core i3 for entry models, up to 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and graphics options that scale up to GeForce MX350. The base models use HD or full HD panels instead of IPS for higher-end configurations.
The VivoBook S model is coming in the first and second quarters of the year, while the VivoBook 14 and 15 are due in the second quarter.
ASUS has also launched a new model of its Chromebook Flip that now uses Intel’s 10th-gen processor. The latest model C436 has a 360-degree hinge which means you can use the device like a laptop, tablet. It has the same thin bezels as the 2019 model and also comes in metal chassis and that’s how it feels strong and high-quality device.
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 is powered by Intel’s 10th-generation processors (up to an i7), with 16GB RAM and WiFi 6 compatibility. The fingerprint sensor is built into the power button for secure logins and a new “omnidirectional” quad-speaker system is embedded for better audio output. It comes with Google’s universal USI stylus standard which means it should work with a variety of different pens.
The Chromebook Flip C436 is a verified Project Athena Chromebook as well. The battery is rated to deliver up to 12 hours of back up. It features a 14-inch NanoEdge touchscreen with an 85% screen-to-body ratio.
The Chromebook Flip C436 should be available by the end of March and the pricing is yet to be known.
There is a new ZenBook Duo as well which comes in 14-inch compact size and has a secondary “ScreenPad Plus” 12.6-inch display panel as well. The 14-inch panel is FHD instead of the 4K and there is no OLED. It is powered by Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake chipsets, but they come from the less powerful U-series lineup instead of the H-series chips on the bigger model. The optional GPU is a GeForce MX250 and the RAM is available up to 16GB.
The pricing hasn’t been uttered yet but being the smaller cousin to the ZenBook Pro Duo, this latest one should come at affordable pricing than the hefty $2,499. According to ASUS, the ZenBook Duo will be available in Q1 2020.