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The Future of Ultraportable Laptops

by Jan 19, 2024Business, Design, laptop, software, Technology, update0 comments

In a groundbreaking move at CES 2024, ASUS unveiled the Zenbook DUO (2024) UX8406, claiming its position as the world’s first ultraportable laptop equipped with dual 14-inch 3K 120 Hz OLED touchscreens. As part of the Intel Evo Edition, this device redefines on-the-go versatility with its detachable full-size Bluetooth ASUS ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad.

Unmatched Mobility and Multitasking

Weighing in at a mere 1.35 kg, the Zenbook DUO promises exceptional multitasking flexibility and outstanding mobility. The dual 3K 120 Hz ASUS Lumina OLED displays, equipped with a lay-flat 180° hinge, extend the visual workspace to an impressive 19.8 inches. The ASUS ScreenXpert software manages various user modes, including Laptop, Dual Screen, Desktop, and Sharing. The detachable keyboard allows for a traditional clamshell laptop experience when placed on the lower display.

Powerhouse Performance

Under the hood, the Zenbook DUO boasts an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor with an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI acceleration. It supports up to 32 GB of LPDDR5x memory and features a spacious up to 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD. The 75 Wh battery, combined with Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos audio, aims to enhance the on-the-go user experience.

A Leap Towards Sustainability

Emphasizing sustainability, ASUS incorporated recycled materials, with the laptop utilizing 90% post-industrial-recycled magnesium-aluminum alloy. The device surpasses ENERGY STAR power-efficiency requirements by up to 43%, and its packaging is made from 100% recyclable FSC Mix-certified and FSC Recycled paper. Rigorous durability testing ensures compliance with US MIL-STD-810H standards.

Immersive Visuals and High Precision Input

The ASUS Lumina OLED displays are Dolby Vision certified, Pantone Validated, and offer a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, ensuring vivid and accurate color rendering. High-precision stylus input is supported using the optional ASUS Pen with 4096 pressure levels.

Versatile User Modes and Connectivity

The laptop offers various user modes, such as Dual Screen mode for expansive viewing, Desktop mode for side-by-side portrait screens, Laptop mode for traditional use, and Sharing mode for collaborative presentations. In terms of connectivity, the device is equipped with Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, an HDMI 2.1 (TMDS) port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack, minimizing the need for additional adapters.

Impressive Specifications

Here’s a quick look at the key specifications of the ASUS Zenbook DUO (2024) UX8406:

  • CPU: Intel Core Ultra 9 processor 185H / Intel Core Ultra 7 processor 155H / Intel Core Ultra 5 processor 125H
  • Display: Dual 14″ 3K ASUS Lumina OLED touchscreens, 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home / Pro
  • Graphics: Intel Arc Graphics
  • NPU: Dual neural compute engine with dedicated low-power AI engine
  • Memory: Up to 32 GB LPDDR5x 7467 MHz RAM
  • Storage: Up to 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
  • Camera: FHD (1080p) IR camera with Windows Hello, ASUS AiSense Camera
  • Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x HDMI 2.1 (TMDS), 1 x Audio jack
  • Touchpad: 129 x 74 mm ASUS ErgoSense touchpad
  • Audio: Harman Kardon certified, Dolby Atmos certified
  • Battery: 75 Wh
  • AC Adapter: 65 W adapter, Output: 5V20V, 65 W, Input: 100240 V AC, 50 / 60 Hz universal
  • Dimensions: Various configurations ranging from 31.3 x 20.9 x 0.51 – 0.53 cm to 31.3 x 21.7 x 1.99 cm
  • Weight: 1.35 kg (without Bluetooth keyboard), 1.65 kg (with Bluetooth keyboard)

In conclusion, the ASUS Zenbook DUO (2024) UX8406 stands as a testament to innovation, combining cutting-edge technology with a commitment to sustainability. With its dual OLED touchscreens, powerful internals, and versatile design, it is poised to redefine the landscape of ultraportable laptops in 2024 and beyond.

PTSI Editorial Team

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