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Computex 2018: ASUS Unveils VivoBook S Laptops, All Colorful and Highly Portable

By Radu Iorga

ASUS brought the new hinge of the ZenBook S to the new VivoBook S lineup, shown at Computex 2018. However, these are more colorful laptops and also more compact ones, with high midrange specs.

ASUS VivoBook S laptops come in 14 inch or 15.6 inch screen versions and they’ve got the format and colors going for them. Firmament Green, Star Grey, Silver Blue, Gun Metal and Icicle Gold are the hues available here. Some of them have a textured woven finish around the keyboard, others bringing a brushed finish with diamond inspired motifs.

The screen adopts the NanoEdge approach, with very narrow bezels. There’s 16 GB of RAM, NVIDIA GPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs and dual storage options, with SSD and HDD. There’s no pricing yet, but we do know that products come this month. One of the drawbacks I found here is the lack of an SD card reader, possibly axed for the sake of the waistline.

 

The 15.6 inch VivoBook S weighs 1.8 kilograms and the 14 incher S14 weighs 1.4 kilograms. On the connectivity front there’s USB Type-C and there are also 3 USB Type-A ports, plus a full size HDMI for some reason. At least there’s a microSD card slot.

They run Windows 10, we’ve also got Core i3 or Core i5 options and GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of memory in the mix.

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Computex 2018: ASUS Precog is Finally a Dual Screen Foldable Windows PC

By Radu Iorga

Computex 2018 is in full swing these days and with it come a few prototypes, concepts and innovative machines in general. Foldables are also part of the attraction off the Taipei show and ASUS came up with the Precog, finally a dual screen foldable Windows PC.

The name “Precog” is clearly a throwback to the “Minority Report” movie, as you probably figured out already. This is a dual screen laptop, that’s a flexible device, which can be used in multiple configurations. You can use it in a laptop mode, or what ASUS calls Stand Mode, but also a tent mode, a flat mode or a stood up mode, making it resemble a dual monitor PC setup.

That one is called “Book Mode” by ASUS. They aim to offer an adaptive input experience, going by the name of “Intelligent Touch”. That one will automatically recognize the input device you’re using and change the virtual UI according to it. It can also adjust the keyboard location depending on where you place your fingers, which I guess gets the “Precog” name going.

There’s also a stylus mode and support for both Cortana and Alexa. The product comes with an Intel Movidius Vision Processing Unit, so the PC will be able to see you and respond to your actions accordingly. If you move your hands, it acts in accordance for example. ASUS is going to release this product next year, so this is just a prototype. It seems like a Lenovo Yoga Book on steroids, if you ask me and it doesn’t have any specs yet.

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ASUS ScreenPad is an Answer to Apple’s Touch Bar, May Come as a Laptop Accessory

By Radu Iorga

Many owners of laptops desired to have a dedicated touch bar on their devices, mimicking what Apple did with the special MacBook touch mechanism. Now ASUS is making up for that with the ScreenPad, that brings said Apple Touch Bar to the touch… pads.

This is a mysterious product, that leaked yesterday and we’re still not 100% sure what it is. What we know is that it’s called ScreenPad and it’s a mystery device or peripheral, that is meant to offer the same extended control as the new MacBook Touch Bars. However, that happens on a laptop touchpad instead of a special OLED touch bar. The leak came via Windows Blog Italia and we have more questions than answers right now.

It doesn’t make sense for a mere touchpad to control those options, so a special extra accessory may be involved. We could see something attached to a laptop, something embedded into one or a totally new laptop that actually has a touchscreen, a big one that replaces a touchpad. Some even say it may replace the keyboard alltogether, a move that has been associated with some Apple patents.

 

The ScreenPad app also has requirements associated: an ASUS notebook with a precision touchpad, an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU and some special Toshiba chips. This means it may end up as an add on after all. The ScreenPad will work as a second screen for Windows 10 computers, but instead of a mere touch bar, it will come with a traditional Full HD display setup.

Examples shown in screenshots include playback controls, Spotify, app launchers and a calculator. Computex is just days away and we may see this device there.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 Coming With core i9 CPU, Solid NVIDIA Graphics

By Radu Iorga

ASUS is readying yet another laptop, this time one with a higher end CPU and improved graphics. It’s obviously part of the ZenBook series, although it could even fight a battle with some ROG models. Meet the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15, that packs up to a Core i9 CPU.

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 is a slim and light laptop, that comes with discrete graphics, plus an Intel Coffee Lake-H processor. We’ve also got an optional 4K display and everything is crammed within a 0.74 inch thick body and with a weight of 4.1 pounds. Versions are plenty, starting with a Core i5 current gen CPU, or a Core i7 hexa core unit, going up to a hexa core Core i9.

Screen options include a 15.6 inch 4K display (touchscreen) with 100% Adobe sRGB color gamut or a 15.6 inch Full HD touch or non touch display. Both screens have 178 degree viewing angles and the laptop features 7.3 mm bezels for the screen, equating to an 83% screen to body ratio. On the storage front there’s 256 GB or 512 GB of SATA III SSD or 512 GB/ 1 TB of PCIe SSD. Up to 8 GB and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM are here.

 

No matter what you choose, the graphics are GTX 1050, which is actually not bad. On the connectivity front, there’s two Thunderbolt 3/ USB Type-C ports and two regular USB Type-A ports, as well as HDMI and audio jack. A microSD card slot completes the list. This ZenBook’s keyboard is backlit and its touchpad is glass covered, so it’s a premium model for sure.

VGA webcam, Harman Kardon acoustics, WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as a 71 Wh sound damn good to me. Expect to hear more at Computex 2018 in June, as well as a price tag.

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ASUS NovaGo 13.3 inch Snapdragon 835 Laptop With Windows Finally Hits Amazon

By Radu Iorga

The whole ARM segment got a boost late last year, when Intel’s worst nightmare came to life: 20 hour battery life laptops with Snapdragon CPUs became real. It was all done thanks to a partnership between Qualcomm, Microsoft and companies like ASUS or HP. Today it’s finally time for the ASUS pioneer to hit the stores. It’s the ASUS NovaGo we are talking about, by the way and it’s available here.

It relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, is highly versatile (and convertible) and you can find it on Amazon right now. The first 2 in 1 tablet with ARM CPU was actually the HP Envy x2, but the ASUS NovaGo was fast on its trail. The ASUS NovaGo has a revolving screen, meaning it can be used as both a tablet and laptop with ease.

There’s also the tent mode, of the folded 360 degree mode. On board we find Windows 10 S, but you can switch to Windows 10 Pro for free. Having a Snapdragon 835 CPU on board means multiple things: 20 hours of battery life, instant resume, low temperatures and reasonably good performance. 4G LTE is also available as well as the “Always Connected” concept, that Microsoft was gunning for.

 

Standby time is 30 days. Specs of the ASUS NovaGo TP370QL model include 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of UFS 2.0 storage and a 13.3 inch touchscreen display with Full HD res. Bundled with the device is the Windows Ink suite of digitizer pen apps and there’s also the ASUS Pen, but that’s optional. People have complained about the lack of USB Type-C port here, but at least we get two USB 3.1 ports in the mix.

Oh and by the way, the price of the ASUS NovaGo is $599 on Amazon.

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