Asus Zenbooks are known for its portability and power and this year at IFA 2018 Berlin, the company decided to release an updated Zenbook lineup that really embraces trending bezel-less design. The company is calling it the “frameless nanoedge” which allows for a 94% screen to body ratio. Apart from the beautiful display that comes in three sizes, the new notebooks pack the powerful Whiskey Lake Intel eight generation processors starting from the i5 series to the i7 series on the top end model.
The Zenbook 2018 lineup consists of three models, each varying in screen size and configuration. There’s a 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and a 15.6-inch model. But the update is not only in the specs department as the new models shave off a considerable portion of the bezels around the screen thereby making the size much more compact than the previous generations. In fact, if you look the old and the new models side by side, there’s a very noticeable difference in their overall sizes.
The Zenfone 13 and 14 models have a 1080p display while the 15-inch model comes in two variants, one with 1080p and the other with 4K display. You can choose between Intel eight gen. Core i5 and Core i7 models. Despite the inbuilt graphics, all three models have discrete GPUs, with the 13 and 14 inchers featuring GeForce Mx150, while the 15-inch version coming with the powerful GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. You can choose between 6 to 8GB of RAM but note that only the 15-incher has DD4 RAM inside. Other features include 256 to 1TB storage option, 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x MicroSD, and 1 x Audio jack.
The new Asus Zenbook models come with a backlit keyboard. Since the smaller variants don’t have a full sizes keyboard with a number pad, the company says that you can use the touchpad as the number pad. As soon as you press the NumberPad button on the top right corner, the touchpad converts into a full-sized LED-illuminated number pad. This is pretty cool especially when you are working with spreadsheets and have to insert a lot of figures. In case you are wondering, the touch pad would still function even when you are using this particular feature.
The new models also come with an infrared camera on top of the display with support for Windows Hello in Windows 10 Home or Pro versions. Asus is yet to reveal a shipping date or a price list for the three models. All we know is that they go on sale next month and will start at $899.