Asus is now 30 years old and that’s quite an achievement in the tech industry indeed. To kick their anniversary celebrations in style, the brand unveiled a slew of limited edition devices and their next generation offerings at Computex 2019 such as the new VivoBook S14 and S15, the revamped ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15, the high-powered ZenBook Pro Duo UX581, the exquisitely built limited edition ZenBook Edition 30, the slick ZenFone 6 Edition 30 smartphone and the Prime Edition X299 Edition 30 motherboard. Also showcased was the Prime Utopia concept motherboard as well as the ZenScreen touch portable secondary display.
The special limited edition anniversary line-up, which consists of the Zenfone 6 Edition 30, the ZenBook Edition 30 notebook and the Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard all have a stylised A monogram to indicate their unique status.
The Asus ZenBook 30 Edition is a 13-inch notebook embellished with a genuine leather lid cover, an 18-karat rose plated 30th anniversary edition logo, an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.
The Asus Zenfone 6 Edition 30 features upgunned hardware as well as the distinctive 30th anniversary Edition 30 logo emblazoned on the back with a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 12GB RAM and 512GB of storage as well as a 5,000mAh battery. The front comes with a notchless NanoEdge all-screen display sheathed in Gorilla Glass 6 and a flip camera that sports a 48-MP Sony IMX586 primary rear camera and a secondary 13-MP secondary camera.
The Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard integrates the latest high-core Intel Core X-series count processors with a beefed up 16-stage power solution and a more premium VRM heatsink design for enhanced cooling capabilities to allow it to perform to its maximum potential. Other features include a pair of M.2 slots with passive heatsinks for unthrottled data transfers, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports and DisplayPort inputs as well as integrated 5G Aquantia Ethernet, Intel Gigabit LAN and the new WiFi 6 protocol for blazing fast networking. Just to add icing on the cake, it also has a 2-inch LiveDash OLED to see system specs at a glance.
Also showcased is the Prime Utopia motherboard prototype that features an enhanced cooling capabilities to allow users to unleash the full potential of high-core count processors and high-powered components.
To do so requires significant redesign of the entire board with the PCIe slots moved to the back of the board for better heat management with the front allocated for expansion cards and M.2 drives.
The board also features integrated water cooling along with a proprietary Hydra Cortex fan reader that can control four fans individually. For system diagnostics and direct control of fan speeds as well as BIOS settings, the Prime Utopia has a 7-inch touch-capable colour OLED that can be hooked up via a cable or WiFi. It won’t reach the market anytime soon but it’s truly an impressive looking peek at the future.
On top of the slew of revamped Edition 30 offerings, Asus also refreshed array of ultraportables and workhorse laptops with new updated variants of the VivoBook S14 and VivoBook S15, updated versions of the ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 and a more powerful slicker looking version of the ZenBook Pro Duo with an enhanced, wider, more luscious secondary display just above the keyboard that allows for expanded control and interactive options for creatives.
The ZenBook Pro Duo comes with a luscious 15.6-inch 4K OLED touchscreen display as well as a highly customisable 4K resolution ScreenPad Plus display that stretches as wide as the primary display located just about the keyboard and which is fully customisable in terms of what it can do be it as a mere secondary screen for watching movies, a secondary set of controls for an app or as a means to vastly expand your screen real estate.
The notebook also has a secondary touchpad next to the keyboard that can dubbed as a numeric keypad. The rest of the hardware on the ZenBook Pro Duo consists of a 9th generation Intel Core i9 eight-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and, in case things get a bit warm, a dedicated turbo cooling button.
Another new edition is a smaller and more affordable ZenBook Duo that features a similar design but more affordable hardware in the form of a 14-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) non-touch capable display paired up with a Full HD touch capable ScreenPad Plus secondary display at the bottom, an Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics solution. Both the ZenBook Pro Duo and the ZenBook Duo both come with the latest WiFi 6 802.11ax for up to 2.4GHz networking speeds.
The ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 come in correspondingly larger sizes with 13-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays and all feature their ScreenPad 2.0 touchpad that allows it to double as a numeric keypad and a selection of other basic secondary tasks as needed. The ScreenPad 2.0 feature also appears on the VivoBook S14 and S15 too.
Another pleasant surprise was the ZenScreen Touch which is a portable monitor that is just 0.9kg and 9mm thin with 10-point touch along with a 7,800mAh battery for productivity away from a plug point.
The offerings showcased by Asus at Computex 2019 are glimpses of their line-up for the year and as such there’s no firm data or availability yet for the Malaysia market but we’ll keep you posted on any details as they appear. For more news on Asus or on Computex 2019 follow us on our Facebook page.