At the 2019 Computex event taking place in Taiwan (China), Asus officially announced the ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo. This set of laptops marks the 30-year development of Asus and is called "the laptop of the future" by the company.
Extra large ScreenPad Plus screen is placed right on the keyboard
The most special feature of the ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo comes from the sub-screen, touch support is located right on the keyboard called ScreenPad Plus. This design of the ZenBook Pro Duo may make some people think of the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, but in fact, ScreenPad Plus has a lot of differences compared to the Touch Bar.
ScreenPad Plus is much bigger than Touch Bar. On the ZenBook Pro Duo, the ScreenPad Plus is 14 inches in 4K resolution, while the ZenBook Duo is 12.6 inches in Full HD resolution.
Thanks to the large screen, so ScreenPad Plus also has more practical applications than Touch Bar. Users can use ScreenPad Plus as a secondary screen and drag down application windows. Asus allows 3 applications to be placed side by side on this secondary monitor and can save profiles to quickly open a combination of frequently used applications. In addition, ScreenPad Plus can also be configured to extend the area of the main screen.
ScreenPad Plus also supports pen and users can manipulate directly on the touch screen surface. Besides drawing, Asus software can also recognize writing.
With the large size of ScreenPad Plus, Asus had to sacrifice the armrest to push the keyboard down and move the table to the right, similar to some of the previous ROG Zephyrus models. On the ZenBook Pro Duo, Asus also integrates a numeric keypad (numpad) directly into the desk.
Strong configuration with Core i9 chip, 4K OLED screen
ZenBook Pro Duo is the first laptop model of Asus to use 15.6 inch screen OLED technology, for absolute contrast, support HDR and DCI-P3 color range. This screen also supports touch.
For an impressive OLED display, the ZenBook Pro is also equipped with a massive configuration with 8-core Core i9-9980HK chip, 32GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
The lower version of the ZenBook Pro Duo is the ZenBook Duo using a 14-inch IPS LED display, Core i7 chip and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.
Up to now, Asus has not announced the price of ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Pro. However, the company said these laptops will be available from Q3 2019.