ASUS launches $3,500 Zenbook 17-way OLED

ASUS today launched Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702), the 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop. To create this futuristic device, ASUS and Intel developed industry-first solutions to drive innovation in the foldable device category, including domain expert collaborations and ecosystem partnership. Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a response to users’ needs to achieve the ideal balance between mobility and productivity in their modern 24/7 lifestyle. ASUS engineers and designers collaborated seamlessly to create a device that delivers effortless efficiency with a modern minimalist design. It eliminates the need to compromise when working in different environments – in the office, at home, while traveling or relaxing – by elegantly incorporating two screen sizes and multiple usage modes into one highly portable device.

This Intel Evo certified foldable laptop offers users two sizes of OLED displays in one device: a large 4:3 17.3-inch 2.5K touchscreen that folds in the middle to create two seamless 3:2 12.5 -inch 1920 x 1280 screens. Fully folded along the precision-engineered 180° hinge – tested to withstand over 30,000 open and close cycles – it’s an ultra-compact and portable 12.5-inch device that’s smaller than a sheet of copy paper. Multiple versatile usage modes – Desktop, Laptop (with Bluetooth keyboard), Laptop (with virtual keyboard), Tablet, Reader and Extended – are enabled by the foldable design in combination with the full ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad, and any display can also be split into multiple windows and the contents can be arranged, using the intelligent window management function in ASUS ScreenXpert 3 and exclusive Mode Switcher apps. Despite its versatility and large screen size, the device weighs just 3.31 lb without the keyboard, or 3.97 lb with it.

For immersive entertainment, the foldable OLED touchscreen, which has a 0.2ms response time and a 60Hz refresh rate, is accompanied by a powerful Harman Kardon certified four-speaker Dolby Atmos sound system. Featuring a 100% DCI-P3 gamut, this stunning Dolby Vision certified display is also PANTONE validated for color accuracy and TÜV Rheinland certified for reducing harmful blue light.

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED includes several smart AI-powered features, including user presence detection using an HD IR camera; an integrated color sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness and color temperature; and a 5 MP AI webcam with ASUS 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) technology for clearer video calls.

Effortless performance is guaranteed by the latest 12th generation Intel Core i7-1250U processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM and a fast 1TB PCIe SSD. For connecting to peripherals, there are two convenient USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, which support fast charging of the long-lasting 75Wh battery, and connections to external displays. The new ASUS ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad provide comfortable and accurate typing, with 19.05mm key travel at the desktop level and a long 1.4mm stroke on the dish-shaped mechanical keys.

Unfold the unbelievable
Zenbook 17 Fold OLED comes with a full-size ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad that greatly increases versatility, allowing use in Desktop Mode, Laptop Mode (with Bluetooth keyboard), Laptop Mode (with virtual keyboard), Tablet mode, Reader mode or Extended mode is possible. In each mode, the easy-to-use window management tools, such as Mode Switcher, in the ScreenXpert 3 app enable multiple split-view configurations and flexible app layouts for enhanced productivity.

In Desktop mode, the unfolded 17.3-inch display – landscape in landscape orientation using the built-in leatherette stand – can be used with the ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad connected wirelessly to create a powerful, large-screen PC for easy access. productivity.

For laptop mode (with Bluetooth keyboard) when you’re on the go, the keyboard attaches magnetically when placed on the lower half of the folded screen. Alternatively, in laptop mode (with virtual keyboard), the bottom screen can be converted to a virtual on-screen keyboard.

Tablet mode allows users to utilize the full touch capabilities of the fully open 17.3-inch touchscreen, while Reader mode – with the hinge aligned vertically – makes the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED the perfect reading device.

Finally, in extended mode – portrait in portrait orientation, the folded two 12.5-inch screens are perfect for users to seamlessly scroll across the top and bottom screens. For example, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can be connected to an external monitor via one of the two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Built to last
Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is tested to meet the highly demanding MIL-STD-810H US military standard for reliability and durability. The precision-engineered 180° hinge is also torture-tested and undergoes over 30,000 opening and closing cycles to ensure maximum reliability and total peace of mind. If a user opens and closes the laptop six times a day, this means a lifespan of more than nine years. The stepless hinge is built to securely hold the top screen at any angle, making it perfect for use as an ultraportable 12.5-inch laptop or for one-handed use in reading mode.

Immersive Entertainment
Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is designed to deliver a truly immersive audio and visual experience, starting with its 60Hz / 0.2ms 17.3-inch 2.5K foldable OLED (FOLED) touchscreen. This display is Dolby Vision certified for realistic HDR images, PANTONE validated for color accuracy and has a 100% DCI-P3 cinema quality color gamut for vibrant colors. It is also TÜV Rheinland certified for low blue light emissions and flicker-free operation, making it a feast for the eyes during long viewing sessions.

Movies, videos and music are all enhanced by the immersive surround sound capabilities of the powerful Harman Kardon certified quad-speaker Dolby Atmos audio system. Dolby Atmos adds an exciting new spatial dimension to sound for an ultra-realistic listening experience. The speakers are powered by a smart amplifier that maximizes volume – up to 3.5x louder than a standard amplifier – while minimizing distortion, providing crystal clear sound for entertainment or communication.

Easy convenience
Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is packed with some of the latest intelligent convenience and security features to make users’ lives easier, safer and more productive.

There’s an HD infrared (IR) camera that works with ASUS Adaptive Lock and the new Intel Visual Sensing Controller chip to enable new AI-powered features. For example, in addition to quick face login, it can detect when the user moves away from the laptop. When this happens, the screen will dim to conserve battery power and the laptop will be locked for safety. When the user returns, the screen will brighten and will be logged in automatically with quick face login.

An integrated color sensor detects the ambient light level and automatically adjusts the brightness and color temperature of the screen to provide the best-looking image for the environment.

Finally, the 5MP AI webcam features ASUS 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) technology for super-clear video calls. The unique algorithm sharpens images and performs real-time noise reduction to make sure everything looks crisp and clear during video calls.

Effortless Performance
The Intel Evo-certified Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is powered for effortless multitasking by powerful components, including a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The long-lasting 75-watt-hour battery features USB-C Easy Charge, so it can be charged quickly with most USB-C chargers or power banks, or any other Power Delivery certified charger, including the included 65W fast charging adapter.

It’s also easy to connect the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED to peripherals. There are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, which are up to 8x faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1, with support for fast charging or connecting external displays.

For the perfect user experience, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED laptop includes a Bluetooth version of our new ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard has a full-size key travel of 19.05 mm and a long key distance of 1.4 mm. It’s our best laptop keyboard ever, offering improved typing accuracy and comfort. The mechanical keys also have a small 0.2 millimeter dish on the keycaps for a better typing feel. The keyboard can connect to two Bluetooth devices and switch between them via a dedicated button. The keyboard has a large ErgoSense touchpad with a new silky smooth surface for easy navigation, protected by a durable anti-fingerprint coating.

Availability & Prices
ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702) will be available soon at a suggested retail price of $3,499.99 in Q4 from eShop, Amazon, B&H, and Newegg.
Will also be available in Canada in Q4 for $399.99.


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