Asus’ ZenBook Pro Duo was one of the most interesting-looking laptops of 2019, and at CES 2020, the company announced the ZenBook Duo (no Pro this time), its smaller cousin that comes in a more manageable 14-inch size.
Like the 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo, the new ZenBook Duo also features a secondary “ScreenPad Plus” display (this time, a 12.6-inch panel, compared to the 14-inch panel on its larger cousin), enabling the dual-screen experiences that made the original a compelling product.
Specs are also diminished on the non-Pro ZenBook Duo in nearly every respect. The 14-inch panel is FHD instead of 4K, and no longer OLED. The processors are Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake chipsets, but they come from the less powerful U-series lineup instead of the H-series chips on the bigger model. The optional GPU is a GeForce MX250, instead of an RTX 2060 (assuming you opt for a dedicated GPU at all, over Intel’s integrated graphics). RAM tops out at 16GB instead of 32GB.
Still, the smaller size and weight (3.3 pounds instead of 6.4 pounds) should make the ZenBook Duo a far more portable machine than its massive cousin, and the less powerful specs should help it hit a more affordable price point than the $2,499 that the original ZenBook Pro Duo sold for, although no price has been announced yet. Asus says that the ZenBook Duo will be available in Q1 2020.
Asus also announced updates to its VivoBook S lineup, which come in 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch sizes. All three now come with Intel’s latest 10th Gen chips (14nm Comet Lake options on the 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, 10nm Ice Lake chips on the 13.3-inch one). They can also be configured with up to 16GB of RAM, and feature optional discrete Nvidia GPUs instead of Intel’s integrated graphics, should you need the extra power. The updated VivoBook S models will arrive sometime in Q1 or Q2 2020, although specifics as to when — as well as starting prices — have yet to be announced.