Asus Zenbook Pro 15 comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen for a touchpad

Will this go toe to toe with the MacBook Pro?

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At Computex 2018, Asus unveiled the latest addition to its premium laptop range, the Asus ZenBook Pro, and it has one unique feature. A fully functional 5.5-inch touchscreen where the regular touchpad should be.

ScreenPad: The world’s first smart touchpad

Boasting the title of “world’s first smart touchpad”, the ScreenPad works as a multifunctional touch-enabled display, with various supported applications while even serving as a launchpad. The ScreenPad can be turned into a calculator, calendar, numeric keypad and more. Additionally, you can also play YouTube videos on it, or use it as a secondary display.

Asus and Microsoft teamed up to develop Office integrations for the ScreenPad. This brings a lot of Word, Excel and Powerpoint shortcuts to the ScreenPad. Additionally, the ScreenPad can also function as a music and video playback controller, with support for Spotify. Asus mentioned that it will release a ScreenPad developer kit and will have a website ready with compatible applications, making things a lot easier.

Asus Zenbook Pro 15: Specifications 

Other than the ScreenPad, the Asus ZenBook Pro is quite a powerhouse, and designed for those who demand crisp and high-quality displays, such as photographers and video editors.  These displays maximise colour accuracy and is certified by Pantone. Here is a rundown of the spec options:

Processor Intel Core i9-8950HK or Core i708759H or Core i5-8300H

Display 15.6-inch 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen display

Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 VRAM)

Memory 8GB / 16GB 2400MHz DDR4

Storage 1TB /512GB PCIe SSD or 512GB/256GB SATA3 SSD

Interfaces 2 x type-C USB ports, 2 x type-A USB ports, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack, 1x MicroSD card slot

Audio Asus SonicMaster stereo audio system with Harman Kardon-certified surround sound

Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Dual Band 802.11ac gigabit class Wi-Fi

Battery 9.5 hours (71Wh 8-cell lithium polymer battery)

Dimensions 1.89cm x 36.5cm x 24.1cm

Weight 1.88kg

There will also be a 14-inch display option that comes with a unique hinge that will increase the keyboard angle when it is opened wider, making long typing sessions more comfortable. This model will also come with an improved battery life over the 15.6-inch option.

Asus Zenbook Pro 15: Price and availability

Asus said that the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 will be on sale mid-July for a base price of $2,299 (Dh1,1021.35). However, the price has not been revealed for the 14-inch option, which will follow in the fourth quarter.

 

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