ASUS ‘two fraternal twins are back at the start of 2021. No major upheavals on the program for the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 and ZenBook Duo 14, but a double-hinged opening system inherited from ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 and more recent components signed by Intel and NVIDIA.
We take the same ones, correct some shortcomings, and start over. With its ZenBook Pro Duo 15 and ZenBook Duo 14, ASUS is not really changing its recipe and still targets these two atypical products for content creators. However, we go on Tiger Lake processors for the Duo 14, while the Pro Duo 15 is limited to Comet Lake-H chips supported by a new generation NVIDIA GPU.
ZenBook Pro Duo 15: what’s changing and what’s left
It’s a rather timid update of the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 that ASUS offers us. The device takes from its cousin the ROG Zephyrus Duo a new hinge system allowing the secondary screen to automatically tilt towards the user, as the cover is opened. A great idea which is one of the only real novelties of this product labeled RTX Studio.
For the rest, the Pro Duo 15 retains its beautiful 15.6-inch 4K OLED touchscreen (Pantone certified and capable of 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 spectrum), in addition to its 14-inch Ultra HD secondary panel, limited as in the past to IPS technology, but also tactile. Oddly, the device doesn’t run on AMD Ryzen 5000 HX processors, and there’s no Intel Tiger Lake-H chip (announced this week) either. Instead, ASUS is helping Intel sell off its inventory of Comet Lake-H CPUs, which are now launched in spring 2020.
It’s a bit of a shame, but the device will still maintain an excellent level of performance by offering a choice of a Core i7-10875H or a Core i9-10980HK. On the other hand, it will be necessary to make a cross on the Thunderbolt 4, reserved for the Tiger Lake chips.
On the GPU side, ASUS announces an RTX 3070 regardless of the model chosen. In 2019, the device was limited to an RTX 2060. The Pro Duo 15 will however be able to count on a maximum of 32 GB of RAM (DDR4 at 2933 MHz) and 1 TB of M.2 SSD storage. A 92 Wh battery is also announced, as well as Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
ZenBook Duo 14: Intel and its new iGPUs on the menu
Smaller and much easier to transport, the ZenBook Duo 14 is also back with new-generation components and a double hinge to make the secondary screen more visible and convenient to use. In terms of silhouette, the device is again a carbon copy of its big brother, but in a much more compact format.
There is a 14-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen main panel, Pantone certified and covering 100% of the sRGB gamut, and a 12.6-inch secondary screen (also a touchscreen and Full HD). Inside the chassis, ASUS is betting this time on Intel Core i7-1165G7 or i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake-U processors. The latter have a graphic part (Iris Xe) which is more robust than in the past and therefore more efficient in general-purpose use or in occasional creative use. As an option, ASUS nevertheless offers a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX 450 graphics card to obtain a small surplus of computing power in terms of graphics.
The ZenBook Duo 14 is also equipped with a maximum of 32 GB of RAM (LPDDR4x at 4266 MHz) and 1 TB of M.2 SSD on its high-end variants. We can finally count there also on Wi-Fi 6, while the battery reaches 70 Wh. The connection features two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB-A port, a full-size HDMI port, a micro-SD card reader, and a headphone jack.
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Price and availability
According to ASUS France, the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 (UX582) will be available during the second quarter of 2021 and from € 3,299. Its little brother the ZenBook Duo (UX482) will arrive next March starting at € 1,799.
Source: ASUS press release / ASUS CES 2021 Briefing