With Intel and AMD announcing new processors this week, many PC manufacturers are also sharing details about their latest laptops. One of those is ASUS, which on Wednesday revealed its 2022 ZenBook 14 lineup. At first glance, the most notable difference to the new “ZenBook 14 OLED” is that it features an updated design that’s more squared and lesser-known.
ASUS will offer separate versions of the ZenBook 14 OLED with the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD. You’ll need to use a 12th-generation Core H processor if you want DDR5 RAM and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. Ryzen models will ship with DDR4X memory instead. Either way, you can configure the ZenBook 14 OLED with up to 16GB of RAM, although you’ll get faster operating speeds from the DDR5 modules. In addition to up to 1TB of PCIe storage, an additional M.2 slot is available if you decide you need more space. Everything is powered by a 75Wh cell, and the entire laptop weighs less than three pounds.
ZenBook 14 OLED comes with plenty of ports for your high-powered mobile devices, including two USB-C connections, one USB-A port, HDMI 2.0, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. It also comes with WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 support. If you get an Intel CPU, two USB-C ports will provide Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, allowing for data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.
However, the main highlight of the ZenBook 14 OLED is undoubtedly its display. On paper, it’s impressive. It is a 14-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2880 x 1800, an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a brightness of 550 nits. Add in 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification, a 90Hz refresh rate and 0.2ms response time, and you’ve got a great screen for productivity, gaming and video streaming.
ASUS will also sell a “Space Edition” of the ZenBook 14 OLED. It has many of the same features as the standard 14-inch model, but you can configure it with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM. However, your only option on the CPU front is an Intel processor. Notably, it also comes with a smaller 63Wh battery. The exterior of the computer, which includes a 3.5-inch OLED display, is inspired by the MIR satellite station. Morse code across the outside of the laptop says Ad Astra Per Aspera. Roughly translated from Latin, this is “through hardships to the stars.”
There’s no word yet on pricing for the ZenBook 14 OLED or ZenBook 14x OLED Space Edition, but ASUS has promised to share more information when the laptops go on sale in the second half of 2022.
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