The New Asus ZenBook Duo Comes With Two 4K HDR Screens And A Physical Keyboard
Stephan Jukic – May 29, 2019
PC machines can come in some very strange shapes but few quite match the design of the new Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, which comes with not just one but two entirely distinct screens with 4K ultra HD display. One of them has a 16:9 aspect ratio and 15.6 inch screens size while the other, called the ScreenPad Plus, offers a somewhat more esoteric 32:9 ratio and 14 diagonal inches of display space. Both offer full native ultra HD resolution. Even more useful than this is tha fact that this notebook does indeed also include a completely physical display. It´s not simply a foldable tablet.
The secondary ScreenPad Plus screen is the accessory display in this device and it has been integrated with this ZenBook laptop´s software so that it can either be used as an extension of the main conventional 4K display or as its own separate screen. The keyboard runs off from below the second screen in such a way that the new ZenBook Pro Duo more or less manages to still resemble a normal laptop in form an functionality.
Under the hood of this dark and unusual device, there’s also plenty of processing power to run dual 4K screens with. The ZenBook Duo basically comes packed with some of the most advanced hardware there is for notebooks today. Its CPU is one of Intel’s 9th generation Core i9-9980HK processors with a 32GB RAM and beefing this up even further as a backup is a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM for tremendously robust graphics processing. These specs alone make this particular 4K notebook into one of the most powerful machines of its kind that we’ve ever seen, and we’ve reviewed more than a few of them.
The ZenBoook Duo also packs a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD storage, ultra high-speed WiFi 6 capability Bluetooth 5.0 and an IR webcam as well. Other accessories include four far-field microphones for activating voice control technologies like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana and other compatible platforms.
If the 4K UHD ZenBook Duo seems like a bit much for your tastes, Asus has also unveiled a more compact version with HD display on a 14 inch main screen and a 12.6 inch secondary screen. This alternate version looks just like a slightly smaller version of its powerful 4K UHD cousin and is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM.
Both machines are slated for release sometime in mid-year based on the best we’ve heard and while no pricing details are yet available, expect the 4K UHD Asus ZenBook Pro Duo to cost around a couple grand at least.