New laptop integrates display panel with touch pad

Asus ZenBook S (UX391): ZenBook Gets a Lift

Asus’ New ZenBook Pros Have A Screen In The Touchpad

The touchscreen display is set to be customizable according to what application you are using on the laptop, kind of like the touch bar on the new MacBook Pro, but better because it's adding functionality rather than replacing a perfectly functional mode of interaction.

Other notable launches by ASUS include a blood pressure monitor that the company says is not a smartwatch or fitness tracker, even though it looks a lot like one.

Weighing in at just 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) for the S13, 1.4 kg (3 lbs) for the 14-inch S14 and 1.8 kg (4 lbs) for the 15.6-inch S15, the trio of VivBooks are pretty portable as well. At the core of the ZenBook Pro 15 is up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i9-8950HQ hexa-core processor, capable of boosting its frequency up to 4.5GHz and providing nearly 30% faster performance than the previous generation. It is 17.9 mm thick and weights in at 1.6kg.

As ever, this Ultrabook features Asus' almost-too-vibrant screen. ASUS device will also support a stylus, with the tech on board being able to detect when it is nearby to switch into drawing mode. With 178-degree viewing angles, 10-point multi-touch support, ASUS Pen support, and Windows Ink support, the ZenBook S is a versatile device capable of serious work and play. Upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro and it becomes a solid 11.6in notebook for schools or for use in the field.

The ScreenPad is interesting, interactive and innovative.

The company said the product, which may appear sometime next year, has features enhanced by AI, such as a virtual keyboard that appears where the user has their hands.

The ScreenPad will also have Microsoft Office integrations, providing the user with shortcuts while Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel are open. The larger variant will be available with either a UHD or FHD 15.6-inch touchscreen display, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Highlights include the former's use of Intel's hexa-core laptop CPU, the Core i9-8950HK, as well as its main display which comes with 100 percent Adobe RGB spectrum coverage and colour accuracy rated at a delta E value of less than two.

"Sophisticated and elegant but also robust and extra-durable, the UX391 is entirely made of metal, MIL-STD-810G military-certified and coated in your choice of eye-catching Deep Dive Blue or Burgundy Red hues, with Rose Gold "diamond-cut" edges". A smaller ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480) will launch later in 2018. Powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors and a superfast PCIe x4 SSD, ZenBook S also features up to a 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen and delivers up to 13.5 hours battery life for all-day performance. ZenBook S features Amazon Alexa support for easy voice-controlled assistance.

Disclosure - The writer is in Taipei, Taiwan, attending Computex 2018 on Asus' invite.

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