Asus has started a new trend at CES 2019 with the launch of its ZenBook S13 laptop. Rather than take the usual alternative approach to thinner bezels by moving the camera under the screen, Asus decided to add a notch to the frame, leaving its screen clean and notch-free.
The ZenBook S13 laptop features a reverse notch, which means that the usual notch that is eaten on smartphone screens has been reversed and now adds a bump on the bezel. The screen stays clean and the bezels stay ultra-thin, except for the little bump at the top which honestly doesn’t look too bad if you have it on a laptop (and not a smartphone). This reduces the need to place the webcam in strange places, such as on the keyboard (Huawei MateBook X Pro) or below the screen (2018 Dell XPS 13) that ends up looking into your nostrils or your body instead of your face.
As for those bezels, they’re pretty slim, at just 2.5mm on the left and right sides, and Asus claims a 97% screen-to-body ratio.
Internals include an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 chipset, with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.
The coolest thing is the presence of discrete graphics. Asus has managed to get into Nvidia’s GeForce MX 150 GPU, which should allow users to play games at low resolutions. Huawei’s MateBook X Pro also packed a GeForce MX 150 GPU inside.
There are the usual USB-C ports, a single USB-A port, and a slot for reading microSD cards. The usual fingerprint reader is also built into the trackpad and the laptop comes with Windows Hello support. Pricing details for these are not yet available, but Asus has plans to launch the ZenBook S13 in the first quarter of this year, at least for the US markets. reports The edge.
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