ASUS has announced one of their upcoming products, the ZenBook S13 (UX392).
The ZenBook S13 comes with a 13.9 inch FHD display, surrounded by the four-sided ASUS NanoEdge bezels that delivers the industry’s biggest screen-to-body ratio at 97%, along with a 2.5mm border frame on the sides of the display.
The thicker upper bezel accommodates the HD webcam and serves as a tab for lifting the laptop’s lid.
The tab on the lid has made it easier for users to pull the lid up in one smooth motion rather than searching for a barely-there indent on the front edge.
Despite the larger display, the ZenBook S13 manages to retain a smaller physical footprint at 316 x 195 x 12.9mm compared to most 13-inch laptops.
The ZenBook S13 is equipped with the latest 8th Generation Core i7 CPU paired with 16GB of RAM.
Both the Core i5 and Core i7 configurations benefit from four cores and eight threads for smooth performance, allowing for complex workloads such as video encoding and aggressive multitasking such as processing photos while switching between productivity apps, emails, and web browsing.
Processing performance is paired with upgraded graphics capabilities made possible by the NVIDIA GeForce MX150.
The ZenBook S13 comes with a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD, which makes downloading large media files much more easy and convenient.
To ensure no space goes wasted, the 12.9mm metal chassis is CNC-milled from a block of aluminum, allowing the lid to be carved out, complete with the complex cuts surrounding the keyboard, without creating any unnecessary voids.
Machining allows the walls to remain thinner while still leaving enough material in key areas to avoid sacrificing strength, and shaving thickness in any area means more room for the components.
The ZenBook S13 is made portable, thin and light, allowing users to enjoy great performances without the heavy weight of a normal high performance laptop.
In addition to that, the ZenBook S13 also meets the demanding MIL-STD-810G military standards for durability as it was torture-tested in harsh environments including extremes of altitude, humidity, and temperature.
The ZenBook S13 comes in a trendy colour of Utopia Blue, where the subtle silvery blue makes it stands out while the paler colour shows off the signature concentric Zen ripples on the lid beautifully.
Despite its compact dimensions, nothing about ZenBook S13 feels cramped. The backlit keyboard spans almost the full width of the laptop while the ultraportable keyboards are shallower because of their slim design. The ZenBook S13 also features a slightly longer 1.4mm of travel than its predecessor.
Underneath is a roomy touchpad with an integrated fingerprint sensor that makes for quick and convenient login via Windows Hello.
With no compromises on connections, ZenBook S13 offers the convenience of standard USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port on the side.
Additionally, the ZenBook S13 has two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, with up to 10Gbps of peak interface bandwidth.
On top of that, the ZenBook S13 comes with a 50Wh battery which is enough to provide up to 15 hours of usage, and it has a fast charging support for powering up quickly on the go.
The USB ports are also joined by a 3.5mm audio combo jack allowing utilization of any choice of headset and a MicroSD card slot that is provided for a quick importation of photos and videos from variety of devices.
The ZenBook S13 will be available in the coming months with pricing and regional configurations to be announced at launch.