As Intel and AMD announced new processors this week, many PC makers are also sharing details about their latest laptops. One of them is ASUS, which unveiled its 2022 ZenBook 14 line on Wednesday. At first glance, the most noticeable difference regarding the new “ZenBook 14 OLED” is that it has an updated design that is more square and less intrusively branded.
ASUS will offer separate versions of the ZenBook 14 OLED with the latest Intel and AMD processors. You will need to choose a 12th generation Core H processor if you want DDR5 RAM and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. Ryzen models will ship with DDR4X memory instead. Either way, you can configure the ZenBook 14 OLED with up to 16GB of RAM, although you’ll get higher clock speeds than the DDR5 module. In addition to up to 1TB of PCIe memory, an additional M.2 slot is available if you decide you need more space. Everything is powered by a 75 Whr cell, and the entire laptop weighs less than three pounds.
The ZenBook 14 OLED comes with a variety of ports for ultra-portable devices, including two USB-C connections, one USB-A port, HDMI 2.0, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. It also comes with support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. If you get an Intel CPU, the two USB-C ports will offer Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, allowing a data transfer rate of 40 Gbps.
However, the highlight of the ZenBook 14 OLED is without a doubt its screen. It’s impressive on paper. It is a 14-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800, a 16:10 aspect ratio and a peak brightness of 550 nits. Add to that 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification, 90 Hz refresh rate and 0.2 millisecond required response time, and you’ll have a screen that should be just as great for productivity, gaming and video streaming.
ASUS will also sell the “Space Edition” ZenBook 14 OLED. It has many of the same features as the standard 14-inch model, but you can configure it with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM. However, your only option on the front of the CPU is an Intel processor. Significantly, it also comes with a smaller 63 Whr battery. The exterior of the computer, which includes a 3.5-inch OLED screen, is inspired by the MIR space station. Morse code on the outside of the laptop says Ad Astra Per Aspera. Roughly translated from Latin, it is “through difficulties to the stars”.
There is still no word on pricing for the ZenBook 14 OLED or ZenBook 14x OLED Space Edition, but ASUS has promised to share more information when the laptops go on sale closer to the second half of 2022.
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