With the introduction of the folding phone and the folding tablet/laptop hybrid, you and I both know that a big-screen folding laptop is inevitable whether or not it is practical. Well, inevitable it is, starting with the ASUS Zenbook 17 Foldable OLED Laptop.
Unveiled at the Incredible Unfolds event during CES 2022, the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED Laptop (designated model UX9702) is the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop.
However, this folding laptop does not have a secondary display like folding phones do because it does not need one. Like the Lenovo Thinkpad X1, it has one screen that becomes two and vice versa.
The large 4:3 17.3-inch 2.5K OLED touchscreen folds in the middle to create two seamless 3:2 12.5 1,920 x 1,280 displays.
When combined with the full-sized ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad, the device can be used as a regular PC or laptop. It can also serve as a very big table or a small tablet or electronic book of sorts when folded, complete with the on-screen keyboard.
The OLED touchscreen is PANTONE Validated and TÜV Rheinland-certified for eye care and has a 100% DCI-P3 gamut, and further boasts Dolby Vision HDR.
The visual prowess is complemented by Dolby Atmos and a Harman Kardon-certified sound system, comprising of 4 speakers.
The device further stands out with a new Intel Visual Sensing Controller chip to enable several new AI-powered features, including user-presence detection, an integrated color sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness and color temperature, and a 5 MP webcam with ASUS 3D Noise Reduction technology.
Powered by the 12th Generation Intel Core i7 U-Series processors, the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED Laptop further features an HD IR camera that plays well with Windows Hello, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports that support fast charging of the 75 Wh battery and connections to external displays.
Finally, the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is co-engineered with Intel to meet the requirements of an Intel Evo laptop. This means, it is responsive, instant wakes, has long battery life and fast charging, et cetera.
The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is not a concept, btw, it will be available to buy sometime in the mid of this year.