Asus has announced that the event marking the official launch of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will be virtual and will be held on August 31. At the event, the company will unveil the design, specifications, price and availability of this foldable laptop. The computer will also be exhibited at the upcoming IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2022 Berlin, Germany. The device is equipped with a 17.3-inch foldable display that can be folded in half to become a device with two 12.5-inch notches.
Although a foldable laptop isn’t that special, given that they all fold, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED attracted a lot of interest when it was unveiled at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022 in January, especially because of its collapsible notch. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is the second mass-produced foldable laptop after the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, of which Lenovo has already started pushing the second generation. Since its unveiling, Asus has released numerous images and videos of its computer, while remaining tight-lipped on key specs and features as well as the launch date.
But we know a little more now. The Asus Zenbook 17 FOLD OLED is a Windows 11 laptop equipped with some of the latest technology in the industry. Thanks to a flexible OLED (organic light emitting diode) screen, it’s a little hard to tell if it’s a laptop or a tablet. The company itself presents the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED as a hybrid of laptop and tablet. At this point, we already know most of the key features of the Zenbook 17 Fold. But Asus encourages users to sign up to receive updates when the computer goes on sale.
In terms of specifications, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED features a 17.3-inch 2560-pixel display with 4:3 aspect ratio, up to 500 nits brightness, 100% DCI color gamut -P3, HDR support and 0.2ms response time. The screen can be folded in the middle, effectively giving the user two 12.5-inch screens with a 3:2 aspect ratio. You can use the top screen as a display and the bottom screen as an input device with a virtual keyboard. It is also possible to use a physical keyboard for a true laptop experience.
The unusual design also opens up the possibility of using the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in other ways, up to 6 operating modes according to Asus. For example, you can fold it in the middle and hold it like a book with one content page on the left and another on the right. Or you can place it on a table or desk and use a wired or wireless mouse and keyboard for an all-in-one PC experience. When folded, each half of the 12.5-inch screen delivers razor-sharp 3:2 images. It’s an incredibly versatile screen, the company said.
Under the hood, the computer is powered by the Intel Core i7-1250U processor, a 15-watt, 10-core, 12-thread chip with two performance cores and eight efficiency cores. Other features of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED include 16GB of onboard LPDDR5 memory (which is not user upgradeable) and a 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD on an M.2 card (which means it should be expandable). The PC has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack and a 5MP camera with IR support for facial recognition.
It is also equipped with stereo speakers and an array of microphones. In addition, it supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED comes with a 75Wh battery and a 65W USB Type-C power adapter. Asus has also announced that the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is equipped with noise reduction technology. With the increase in remote work and video conferencing, we have implemented ASUS AI noise reduction technology to ensure the best experience,” the company said.
ASUS AI noise reduction audio technology uses machine learning to isolate unwanted noise from human speech. The ClearVoice Mic feature in the MyASUS app can filter ambient noise and normalize all individual voices in multi-presenter mode from different positions for optimal group conference calls. The ClearVoice Speaker feature filters out all ambient noise except human speech so you can hear what others are saying, she added.
Originally, Asus hoped to release the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in the middle of this year, but that schedule fell short. Instead, the device will be launched in a virtual event on August 31 at 12:00 UTC (2:00 PM in France). The company is expected to announce the price of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED during the event and where the foldable laptop screen will be available initially.
According to analysts, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is expected to be significantly more expensive than all but the most powerful gaming laptops from Asus due to the technologies it packs. In addition, Asus has hinted that it will also showcase the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED at this year’s IFA convention, which runs between 2-6. September.
Sources: Asus, Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED
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