We should have seen this coming, but somehow, we didn’t. Asus is updating its flagship ZenBook Pro 15 laptop, and in place of a touchpad the laptop comes with a full-blown touchscreen display, and it doesn’t seem to be for the gimmicks either.
Called the ScreenPad, the 5.5″ display has a 1080p resolution and a matte finish.
It can be used to display stuff like the app drawer, calculator, numpad and more, or it can simply be extended to show whatever’s being played in the main display.
Elsewhere, the machine does manage to hold its own. There’s a choice of either 15.6-inch or 14-inch LCD displays with 100% RGB coverage, with up to 4K resolution and a touchscreen. It won’t win a lot of design accolades with its 18.9mm thickness, however, it does come with an attractive Deep Dive Blue body.
Under the hood, you get one of Intel’s new Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H, and i9-8950HK processors, up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and up to 1 TB of PCIe-based SSD. The graphics option here is a 4 GB GTX 1050 Ti card on the 15-inch model, with the 14-inch version reportedly making do with a GTX 1050 card instead.
For connections, you get 2 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, 2 USB-A, HDMI 1.4, card reader Gigabit Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Harmon Kardon speakers.
Battery and Price
Battery life is said to last up to 10 hours on a single charge, though, the 14-inch model ups it to 13 hours.
Pricing is set at $2299 for the laptop, which’ll see its 15 and 14-inch versions launch in July and the third quarter, respectively.