According to the Intel Horseshoe Bend concept and the Lenovo X1 Fold presented at CES 2020, flexible laptops are not exactly new. However, Asus really surprised me with the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED as a seemingly normal looking laptop, but then it lifted the keyboard away to reveal a foldable laptop.
The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, presented at CES 2022, is essentially a 17.3-inch OLED tablet that folds into a 12.5-inch booklet. It’s quite a bit bigger than the 13.3-inch Lenovo X1 Fold I saw last year, and obviously the bigger screen makes it much better usable for multiple applications at the same time.
Asus ZenBook 17-fold OLED
The larger size also allows Asus to introduce a full-size magnetic keyboard that snaps seamlessly onto one half of the device. From there, you can tilt the display of the other half of the device up and use it like any other laptop. Alternatively, you can set up the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED and use the keyboard separately from the device, as it is connected via Bluetooth and has full access to the 17.3-inch display.
The 17.3-inch display isn’t just impressive because of its flexibility. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1920, a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1, a response time of 0.2 ms, a refresh rate of 90 Hz, Vesa DisplayHDR 500 certified and Pantone validated for color accuracy.
Internally, the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED is equipped with the latest Intel CPU of the 12th generation paired with up to 16 GB LPDDR5 memory and 1 TB PCIe 4.0×4 NVMe M.2 SSD.
There is no price or availability information for the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED yet.
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