ASUS launches new devices at Computex 2018

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The all-new Asus ZenBook Pro 15 will be available globally starting July 2018.

This new device is for those at the cutting edge of innovation, ASUS says - video-makers, photographers, 3D designers and other creative professionals who demand high-performance and vast storage.

The laptops feature an all-aluminum unibody design with a "deep dive blue" color with rose gold detail. Both have six-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H processors, 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080p "IPS-level" displays, up to 32GB of RAM, with a standard GPU of GTX 1060. Its Thunderbolt 3 ports allow up to two 4K 60Hz displays, while also supporting external graphics solutions such as the ASUS XG Station Pro, allowing users to upgrade graphics capability without having to modify or replace the laptop. Also announced was VivoBook S13 (S330), which features a 13-inch display in a compact 11-inch body and is the first ASUS notebook to feature a four-sided NanoEdge bezel, which enables a remarkable 89% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing area. Ultimately, it means users can see and do more while carrying less.

The ZenBook 15 Pro with ScreenPad's attractive up to 4K display provides professional-level visuals covering 100% of the Adobe RGB color space and 132% of sRGB, and providing guaranteed color accuracy with a Delta-E (ΔE) color difference of less than 2.0. The ZenBook Pro panel achieves colour differences that are finer than this to satisfy the most demanding photographer. Same as the S13 it houses the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM and features up to a 1TB SSD for fast.

The ZenBook Pro 15 also supports the gigabit-class 802.11ac Wi-Fi and it comes with USB-C, along with the traditional HDMI output and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A.

Asus calls it the ScreenPad.

The most exciting thing is definitely the ability to use the touchpad as a second screen.

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Yet, it's also absolutely a screen.

Besides the ScreenPad, the rest of the laptop stays essentially the same, nothing that you haven't seen before.

ASUS already has a few big-name apps that are compatible with the ScreenPad, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and YouTube. Apart from increasing the main display of the ZenBook Pro, the screenpad could as well be transformed into a calculator, app launcher, numeric keypad, or calendar.

It's a remarkably versatile add-on and becomes intuitive within moments of use.

These apps also can be used to complement other applications installed on the computer. ASUS is planning to release an SDK for third-party developers to utilize the feature. This year, they're targeting creators more than ever and the new ZenBook Pros are packed full of power. It features Intel Optane memory, a 14-inch FHD NanoEdge display, an infrared camera for facial recognition and built-in support for Amazon Alexa voice-powered services.

The writer is attending COMPUTEX 2018 as a guest of ASUS.

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