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Asus introduces new ZenBooks, Chromebooks, and more at CES 2022
- Asus announced its full Zenbook and Chromebook lineup for CES 2022.
- One of the announcements includes a 17-inch foldable display laptop.
- Pricing and release details remain limited, unfortunately.
After a strong Asus ROG launch, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the company had plenty up its sleeve for non-gamers, too. We saw new Strix models launch as part of the Rise of Gamers event and the Future Unfolds event held even more for CES 2022. Asus bounced from Zenbooks to TUF Gaming machines, and even a 17-inch foldable display laptop as part of its 45-minute event.
One of the first announcements was the official move away from the classic Asus wordmark. Instead, all new Zenbooks bear a triangular monogram designed to represent the rising spirit of Asus. However, if you ask us, it looks a bit like the Space Force logo. Anyway, on to the launches.
Asus Zenbook updates
Asus is proud of its history in the space race, that much we know. It dedicated part of its The Future Unfolds presentation to the P6300 laptop that traveled aboard the MIR for more than 600 days. As part of its space-age tribute, Asus also announced the Zenbook 14x OLED Space Edition.
Zenbook 14x OLED Space Edition
At its heart, the Zenbook Space Edition isn’t much different than the standard Zenbook 14. However, this version is designed for another venture into space. It comes in a unique Zero-G Titanium finish with laser engravings on the chassis. Asus also added a ZenVision display, somewhat like the ROG AniMe matrix. It allows you to display animations and texts for others to see.
The Zenbook Space Edition comes with durability in spades. It’s designed to resist vibration and extreme temperatures from -24 to 60 degrees Celsius.
While most people won’t approach either of those extremes, the 2.8K OLED display with its new 16:10 aspect ratio is for everyone. It’s Dolby Atmos-certified with a drop hinge for tiny bezels on all sides. Under the hood, you’ll find the Intel Core i9-12900H processor with up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 storage and 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
Zenbook 14 OLED
The vanilla Zenbook 14 may not be as ready for liftoff, but Asus didn’t leave it too far behind. It’s styled with the new logo and comes in a pair of sandblasted finishes — Aqua Celadon and Ponder Blue. The Zenbook 14 OLED is ready for life on the go, weighing just 1.39kg and measuring 16.9mm thick.
That travel-ready body houses a 2.8K OLED display complete with a 90Hz refresh rate and 16:10 aspect ratio. You can equip your Zenbook with up to a 12th gen Intel Core i7 P-series processor as well as Iris Xe graphics. The trackpad-based Number Pad 2.0 makes its return, and the Zenbook 14 OLED is loaded with ports — including an HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt 4 options, and a USB-A 3.2 port.
Zenbook OLED Fold
The final Zenbook launch was also the inspiration for the event’s title. Asus launched the Zenbook OLED Fold, a 17-inch foldable display laptop with Dolby Vision and Atmos support. It packs a 5MP camera and Asus AdaptiveLock, which means the laptop wakes up as you approach and locks securely as you walk away.
The detachable ErgoSense keyboard can be used on its own or placed on the folded display for easy usage in tight spaces. While Asus has moved most of its laptop launches to the 16:10 display, the OLED Fold offers a 4:3 panel that adapts to 3:2 displays when folded. It measures just 8.7mm thick when open to tablet mode.
Finally, you can choose up to a 12th gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor to keep the lights on.
Asus Chromebook and Expertbook updates
Although the Zenbook launches were the highlight of The Future Unfolds, Asus had a few treats for Chromebook and business users, too. It prized the light, travel-ready designs as well as the updated internals all around.
Chromebook Flip CX5
Asus brought the latest Intel power to its Chromebook lineup with up to a 12th gen Core i7 processor on the Flip CX5. It packs Wi-Fi 6E connectivity for faster access to what matters. You can outfit the Flip CX5 with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and it comes with a MIL-STD 810H certification.
The 16:10 display makes another return, this time offering an 87% screen-to-body ratio thanks to the ErgoLift hinge. It carries three-sided nano edge bezels with a Full HD webcam tucked along the top edge. Asus added two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, a USB-A 3.2 port, a microSD card reader, and an HDMI 2.0 port to its latest Flip CX5, too.
Asus announced a new member to the Expertbook family for the professionals out there — the B5. It’s the only model of the bunch not to offer Intel’s 12th gen hardware, though it’s not far behind with an 11th gen Core i7 and Iris Xe graphics. You can choose from either a clamshell or a 2-in-1 design, and the hybrid includes a stylus as well as a handy charging slot.
While the processor may be from 2021, the 48GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 2TB SSD should be enough to keep your business afloat. The battery claims up to 12 hours on a single charge, and the Asus Expertbook B5 weighs just 1.25kg.
TUF Gaming updates
While most of the exciting gaming launches came during the Rise of Gamers event, the TUF series got its love during the Future Unfolds event. It’s focused on gamers looking for performance without the cost, but Asus has taken the style up a notch for 2022.
The TUF Gaming line includes the F15 and F17 models, with 15.6 and 17.3-inch displays, respectively. Asus reimagined the chassis to include more metal for durability and found ways to expand the keyboard and touchpad without increasing the size of either model. Under the hood, you can select an Intel Core i7-12700H processor with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU onboard. However, this isn’t the brand-new RTX 3070 Ti announced at CES 2022.
The TUF Gaming laptops offer 165Hz Quad HD or 300Hz Full HD displays if you spring for the high-end model. You’ll find copper fins, five heat pipes, and four exhaust vents to keep the machine cool under pressure, too.
Finally, the Asus TUF Dash is for the gamer on the go. It measures 19.95mm thick and comes in eye-catching Moonlight White or Off Black colors. The TUF Dash features a laser-engraved logo for added style. You can tap into USB-C Power Delivery charging, and the Dash meets MIL-STD 810H requirements.
As for power, the TUF Dash offers up to a 12th gen Core i7-12650H processor and the same GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. All new Asus gaming models feature a MUX switch, which allows you to leverage your performance for gaming or everyday productivity. The 15-inch display comes in either 165Hz or 300Hz configurations, with Quad HD or Full HD resolutions, respectively.
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We don’t have confirmed launch pricing for any of the new Asus launches at this time, but the Zenbook Fold OLED is due for launch in Q3 2022. The Zenbook 14 and 14X SPace Edition will arrive in Q2 2022. Further information for the Chromebooks and Expertbooks should follow soon.