On the occasion of IFA 2022, Asus is launching the Zenbook 17 Fold Oled, a laptop with a foldable Oled screen. A great technological feat that will remain reserved for a privileged few given the price.
Manufacturers are implementing marvels of technology with screens that fold, be it with folding smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, computer screens that can be curved at will or folding laptops – inaugurated with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1. Asus has taken the technology further and is launching its Zenbook 17 Fold Oled at IFA 2022. This laptop takes the form of a large 17.3-inch diagonal tablet, which has the peculiarity of folding in the middle and closing it into two equal parts. A way to adapt the format of the device to its use! The computer is ready for sale, and now has a price and a release date.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Oled: a multifunction screen
The screen of the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Oled is a real centerpiece of the device and is a 17.3-inch Oled panel – almost 44 cm – 60 Hz in 4:3 format with a definition of 2,560 x 1920 pixels. This screen – touch and more – can be folded into two equal parts of 12.5 inches, then with a definition of 1,920 x 1,280 pixels. It has a maximum brightness of 500 nits and full spectrum support for DCI-P3, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Dolby Vision has Dolby Atmos certification – making it a pretty good screen. It boasts a very short gray-to-gray response time – the time spent transitioning between two shades of gray – of just 0.02ms, promising great responsiveness.
Thanks to its foldable screen, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Oled can be used as a tablet or a book, folded and functioned as a laptop thanks to its touch keyboard, or paired with a keyboard like a real PC. Asus also plans to include an Asus ErgoSense Bluetooth touchpad and a keyboard, which can be attached to the bottom of the screen or used separately as a wireless keyboard – which then allows the use of the entire device. On the resistance side, Asus states a capacity of 30,000 openings and closings – by comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 supports 200,000 folds…
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Oled: a durable and mobile PC
In terms of its capabilities, the Asus Znbook 17 Fold Oled has an Intel Core i7-1250U processor – the low-power version of the Intel Core i7 with 10 cores and 12 threads –, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. On the graphics card side, the device relies on a beautiful and powerful Intel Iris Xe. Everything is powered by a 75 Wh quick-charge battery, rechargeable via a 65 W USB-C block. Obviously, the computer will be more durable when folded. Asus promises up to 9.5 hours in 12.5-inch laptop mode and up to 8.5 hours in 17.3-inch desktop mode. Enough to have a good day at work.
This type of device must have good autonomy, but also satisfactory mobility. On this side, the Zenbook 17 Fold Oled is quite compact with a thickness of 17.4mm for a weight of 1.6kg – slightly more than an ultraportable PC. With the keyboard, the weight increases to 1.99 kg, according to Asus. The Zenbook Fold 17 Oled also has two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 3.5mm jack and Wi-Fi 6E. Finally, it has four Harman Kardon speakers and a classic 5 megapixel webcam with a secondary infrared sensor for facial recognition.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Oled: a technological feat at a salty price
We will have to wait a little longer before we can get the Zenbook Fold 17 Oled! Asus announces that it will only be marketed from the fourth half of 2022, without specifying a precise date. As expected, this device is not available to everyone, at the modest price of 3,999 euros. It should therefore – for at least several years in any case – only be intended for a privileged audience…