New ASUS ZenBook and VivoBook laptops coming to South Africa

ASUS has announced new ZenBook and VivoBook laptop models, all of which will feature ScreenPad 2.0.

ScreenPad 2.0 is an upgrade of the track pad technology ASUS introduced with last year’s ZenBook Pro.

This solution integrates a 5.65-inch secondary screen into the laptop’s track pad, allowing you to perform functions like controlling your media player or activating keyboard macros.

It also lets you swipe between multiple screens of shortcuts and long-press on icons to move or delete them.

Where previously the ScreenPad used the power-hungry discrete graphics processor of the laptop, it now uses the CPU’s integrated Intel graphics, offering over twice the battery life.

Pricing

The new ASUS ZenBook 14 and 15 will be available in South Africa from August, beginning at R26,999.

ASUS VivoBook S14 and S15 will also be available from August, starting at R16,999.

There will also be VivoBook models available without ScreenPad 2.0.

Specifications for each of these new laptops are summarised below.

ASUS ZenBook

Component ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX434) ASUS ZenBook 15 (UX534)
Processor Intel Core i7-8565U or Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i7-8565U or Intel Core i5-8265U
Display 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160 LCD or 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10
Graphics Nvidia GeForce MX250, Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory Up to 16GB 2,133MHz LPDDR3 Up to 16GB 2,400MHz DDR4
Storage Up to 1TB SSD Up to 1TB SSD
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0
Interfaces USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, USB Gen 2 Type-A, USB 2.0, HDMI, Micro SD reader, audio combo jack USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, SD card reader, audio combo jack
Touchpad display 5.65-inch FHD+ Super IPS display 5.65-inch FHD+ Super IPS display
Battery 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer 71Wh 8-cell lithium-polymer
Dimensions 31.9 x 19.9 x 1.69 cm 35.4 x 22 x 1.89 cm
Weight 1.26kg Anti-glare display: 1.55kg, Standard display: 1.65kg

ASUS ZenBook top

 

ASUS ZenBook 2019 angle left

ASUS ZenBook 2019

ASUS ZenBook 2019 closed lid

ASUS VivoBook

Component VivoBook S14 (S431FL / S431FA) VivoBook S14 (S432FL / S432FA)
Processor Intel Core i7-8565U or Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i7-8565U or Intel Core i5-8265U
Operating system Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 14‑inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD 14‑inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX250 or Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 NVIDIA GeForce MX250 or Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory Up to 16GB 2,133MHz LPDDR3 Up to 16GB 2,133MHz LPDDR3
Storage Up to 1TB SSD Up to 1TB SSD
Connectivity 802.11ax Intel Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 802.11ax Intel Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Interfaces 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2, 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combo audio jack, 1 x SD card reader 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1, 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combo audio jack, 1 x microSD card reader
Touchpad display Integrated NumberPad (only on Transparent Silver models) 5.65-inch FHD+ Super IPS display.
Battery 47Wh 2-cell lithium-polymer 42Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer
Size 18.0 x 323.3 x 213.7 mm 18.0 x 322.4 x 211.7 mm
Weight 1.4kg 1.4kg

ASUS VivoBook S14 S15 top

Component VivoBook S15 S531FL / S531FA VivoBook S15 S532FL / S532FA
Processor Intel Core i7-8565U or Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i7-8565U or Intel Core i5-8265U
Operating system Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 15.6‑inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD 15.6‑inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX250 or Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 NVIDIA GeForce MX250 or Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory Up to 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Up to 16GB 2400MHz DDR4
Storage Up to 1TB SSD and up to 2TB HDD Up to 1TB SSD
Connectivity 802.11ax Intel Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 802.11ax Intel Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Interfaces 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1, 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combo audio jack, 1 x MicroSD card reader 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1, 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combo audio jack, 1 x MicroSD card reader
Touchpad display N/A 5.65 inch FHD+ Super IPS display.
Battery 42Wh 3-cell lithium-prismatic 42Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer
Size 180 x 357.2 x 230.3 mm 180 x 357.2 x 230.3 mm
Weight 1.8kg 1.8kg

ASUS VivoBook S14 S15

ASUS VivoBook S14 S15 open

Jan Vermeulen is a guest of ASUS in Taiwan.

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