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Touch Bar “at max.”: Asus introduced the Zenbook Pro Duo laptop with two 4K screens

One – the usual, and the second – touch, half the bottom panel.

Asus unveiled the Zenbook Pro Duo laptop at Computex. Its main feature was the two screens with a resolution of 4K, if you count only the pixels horizontally.

One of the displays is a typical 15-inch OLED panel for laptops, and the second is a matt IPS with a 32: 9 aspect ratio, which is half the size and located above the keyboard. Asus called it ScreenPad Plus.

Unlike macbooks with Touch Bar, in the ZenBook Pro Duo, the second screen does not replace part of the keyboard, and to the right of it is another display that acts as a trackpad and number pad. As noted in The Verge, the laptop looks as if Asus looked at the Touch Bar in new MacBooks and thought: “What if we do the same, but there will be 32 times more pixels”.

ScreenPad Plus can be used as a second control panel or pen tablet — for this, Asus has developed special software. In addition, the screen can perform the functions of a separate monitor or even two, if you divide it into two windows with an aspect ratio of 16 to 9. You can also use the ScreenPad Plus to expand the capabilities of the main display by putting some of the content on it.

The ZenBook Pro Duo is equipped with an Intel Core i9 processor, an Nvidia RTX 2060 video card, two USB ports, one Thunderbolt 3-port, a headphone jack and HDMI. In addition, four microphones for voice assistants Alexa and Cortana and a light for Echo, which lights up when commands are activated, are located in the area of ​​the case. The laptop weighs 2.5 kilograms.

Asus also introduced the younger 14-inch version of the Zenbook Duo. Its concept and design are the same as those of Pro, but the screens received Full HD resolution instead of 4K, you cannot select the Core i9 processor, and the discrete graphics card is replaced with the MX250.

In Asus did not disclose the prices and the date of the start of sales of Zenbook Pro Duo and the younger model. Journalists expect laptops to appear in stores in the third quarter of 2019.

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