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The ASUS ZenBook 17 Fold OLED is a large foldable notebook

By Kenny Yeo - on 6 Jan 2022, 10:58am

The ASUS ZenBook 17 Fold OLED is a large foldable notebook

ASUS ZenBook 17 Fold OLED (Image source: ASUS)

It's been a busy CES for ASUS. After announcing the new ZenBook 14 OLED and ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition, they also unveiled a large 17-inch foldable notebook.

This is the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED. As you might have guessed from its name, it has a large 17.3-inch OLED display. 

The 17.3-inch screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. If that sounds odd, that's because when it's folded, it creates two 1920 x 1280 pixels displays. The hinge, in case you were wondering, has been tested to survive over 30,000 fold/unfold cycles.

The display has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, supports 100% of the DCI-P3 colour space, is Pantone validated, and has Display HDR 500 True Black certification. In short, it's a great display.

Despite the sizeable display, the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED is rather portable. It measures just 8mm when unfolded and weighs 1.65kg. As for ports, you're getting two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. Battery capacity is 75Whrs

Inside, it's powered by Intel's new Core i7-1250U Alder Lake processor with 16GB of memory and a 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD. 

The keyboard attaches to the display to create a more traditional notebook experience. (Image source: ASUS)

The ZenBook 17 Fold OLED comes with a specially designed ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard that attaches to the display to create a traditional notebook experience when the device is unfolded.

The keyboard connects via Bluetooth and has been designed to closely mimic the feel of typing on a regular notebook keyboard. To that end, it has a key pitch of a rather conventional 19.05mm, 1.4mm of key travel, and dished keycaps.

Now, this concept isn't exactly new. Lenovo did something similar with their ThinkPad X1 Fold, which was ultimately let down by its lacklustre performance – no thanks to its underwhelming Lakefield processor. Hopefully, the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED will fare better with Intel's newer P-series Alder Lake processor.


Availability and pricing

According to ASUS, the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED will be available sometime in the second quarter of this year. Pricing has yet to be determined, but it's safe to say that it should be pretty pricey. Best to start saving up now.

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