ASUS refreshes its ZenBook Duo family with pen support, tilting secondary displays, more

ASUS had a bunch of announcements as part of its CES 2021 lineup, and the list of updates includes refreshes to almost the entire laptop lineup. The devices as part of the announcement include the ZenBook Duo family – the laptops that sport dual displays. The updates to these unique offerings not only include spec bumps but also bring a few new features.

The refreshed ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED houses identical display sizes and resolutions as that of its predecessors. However, the 14-inch secondary display – called the ScreenPad Plus – now features an auto-tilt function that raises the display to 9.5 degrees. The firm says that the angle allows for fewer reflections and improved readability. It also aids in cooling the devices better. The device adds support for a stylus that ships alongside the laptop and features 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. As for custom software, the firm is touting improved multitasking capabilities with its ScreenXpert 2 upgrade.

ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

The internals of the device are being updated to Intel’s 10th-gen Core i9 Comet Lake H-series processors, Nvidia’s latest RTX 3070 GPU, and the option to max out RAM and storage configurations to 32GB and a 1TB SSD, respectively. The laptop now features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port – specifications of which were not mentioned –, and supports Wi-Fi 6 for connectivity. The main 4K OLED panel is PANTONE Validated and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified.

The smaller of the two, the ZenBook Duo 14, is now an Intel Evo verified laptop and is also receiving a bunch of updates. The secondary display on this device too features the auto-tilt function that raises the display, but just to 7 degrees. The internals have been bumped to Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake offerings with Iris Xe graphics. It also comes with a dedicated Nvidia MX450 GPU. The laptop offers two Thunderbolt 4 ports and supports Wi-Fi 6 for improved connectivity.

ZenBook Duo 14

The ZenBook Duo 14 offers dual FullHD LCDs, with the main display bearing the “NanoEdge” moniker. The panel is PANTONE Validated and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. While the company does not mention anything in the way of battery figures for the larger of the two devices, it boasts of an impressive 17 hours of battery life for the 14-inch variant.

The company’s press release does not mention the prices or availability of both devices.

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