- ASUS just announced a new laptop which appears to have an innovative approach when it comes to slimming bezels (well, not so innovative), but in this era of notches, we do acknowledge this feat.
- The ZenBook S13 also sports an NVIDIA discrete graphics card, which could make it suitable for playing some games at not-so-high resolutions
- By reversing the notch, it was able to achieve the world’s slimmest bezel on a laptop, at least per ASUS claims.
Other than its monstrous Surface-like ROG Mothership, ASUS has also announced a new laptop at CES 2019 which is more suitable for the business-minded ones, who prefer simplicity and elegance over power.
The new ZenBook S13 has our approval when it comes to notch implementation on laptops, as it doesn’t obtrusively intrude the display experience overall. It also allows for slimmer bezels, and a better webcam placement, obviously. A good start for 2019 to get rid of the notch phenomenon.
Aside from that brilliant design change, ASUS claims that their slim bezel display on the new ZenBook is sporting a 97-percent screen-to-body ratio, which is obviously huge in numbers. The bottom bezel was hidden behind the keyboard to make that feat possible, and either sides only have 2.5mm thin bezels as well.
Inside this slim beast are 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, paired with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM as well as up to a terrabyte of PCIe SSD storage. There’s also a discrete GPU, in the form of NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150, which would effectively make this laptop the “world’s thinnest laptop with a discrete GPU in it.”
In terms of display, the ZenBook S13 comes with a 13-inch 1080p panel, and on the ports section, there’s two USB-C ports, one USB-A, a headphone combo jack, and a microSD card reader as well. There’s also an integrated fingerprint sensor on the trackpad for those folks who would use it for Windows Hello.
ASUS is expected to bring the ZenBook S13 into the market early this year, with pricing yet to be released in the next few weeks.
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