ASUS has unveiled the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop. This was done at a virtual launch event on August 31, 2022. This laptop features a 60 Hz / 0.2 ms 2.5K foldable OLED (FOLED) touchscreen.
Zenbook 17 Fold OLED Specs
It is an ultra-compact and light 12.5-inch laptop that unfolds into a versatile 17.3-inch device with 6 modes.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED laptop includes a Bluetooth version of their ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard can connect to two Bluetooth-enabled devices, switching between them via a dedicated button. The keyboard includes a large ErgoSense touchpad protected by a durable anti-fingerprint coating.
ASUS says they have perfected the hinge mechanism to endure at least 30,000 open/close cycles.To put this in context, if a user opens and closes the laptop six times per day, this represents a lifespan of over nine years. They built the stepless hinge to firmly hold the upper screen at any angle.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is powered by g a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics. For storage and memory, you get 16GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD. For connecting to peripherals, there are two convenient USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.
They also support fast charging of the 75 Wh battery, and connections to external displays.
The immersive surround-sound capabilities of the powerful Harman Kardon-certified quad-speaker Dolby Atmos audio system enhance multimedia content. Dolby Atmos adds an exciting new spatial dimension to sound for an ultra-realistic listening experience. The speakers are driven by a smart amplifier that maximizes volume.
Zenbook 17 Fold Modes
- Desktop: the unfolded screen can be used with the ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad attached wirelessly to create a powerful large-screen PC.
- Laptop (with Bluetooth keyboard): When on the go, the keyboard attaches magnetically when placed on the lower half of the folded display.
- Laptop (with virtual keyboard): The lower display can be turned into a virtual on-screen keyboard.
- Tablet: Allows users to exploit the full touch capabilities of the fully opened 17.3-inch touchscreen.
- Reader: With the hinge aligned vertically — turns Zenbook 17 Fold OLED into a reading device.
- Extended: propped up in portrait orientation, the folded two 12.5-inch screens are perfect for users to scroll on the upper and lower displays seamlessly. Thus, Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can be connected to an external monitor via one of the two USB-C ports.
Additionally, each screen can be split into multiple windows, and the contents arranged. This is by taking advantage of the intelligent window-management feature in the ASUS ScreenXpert 3 and exclusive Mode Switcher apps. Despite its versatility and large screen size, the device weighs just 1.5 kg without the keyboard, or 1.8 kg with it.
Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has several smart AI-powered features, including:
- User-presence detection using an HD IR camera: For example, as well as fast face login, it can detect when the user moves away from the laptop. If this happens, it dims the screen to save battery life and locks the laptop for security. When the user returns, it brightens the screen and logs them in automatically with fast face login.
- Integrated color sensor: For automatic adjustment of screen brightness and color temperature
- A 5 MP AI webcam with 3D Noise Reduction technology for clearer video calls.
Pricing and Availability
ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will roll out globally in Q4 2022. It will retail from $3,499.