Tech & Science ASUS puts discrete graphics inside its ultra-thin ZenBook

19:50  13 february  2018
19:50  13 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

The new ZenBook 13 includes discrete graphics in an ultraportable package

  The new ZenBook 13 includes discrete graphics in an ultraportable package We’re still waiting on Intel and AMD’s new partnership to help mainstream thin and light laptops with discrete graphics, but in the meantime Nvidia’s GeForce MX150 is the best blend of power and performance when portability is a priority. Asus now claims to have created the “thinnest laptop on the planet” to include discrete graphics: the ZenBook 13 UX331 (as seen on Engadget).Asus also offers an MX150 in its Flip 14 two-in-one, but this new ZenBook 13, which was originally announced last year, is only 0.5-inches thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. The 1080p screen is a touchscreen, but there are no convertible hinge shenanigans.

ASUS showed off its ridiculously thin and light ZenBook 13 at CES earlier this year, but the model was missing a key component: a dedicated GPU. Now, though, the new ZenBook 13 UX331 offers the whole shebang at just 0.47-0.55 inches thick and weighing in at just 2.47lbs, with a discrete graphics

My first trial with the latest ultra - thin ZenBook 3, the most impressive feature is its beautiful body design. ASUS ZenBook . 7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors. Ultra Thin & Light Design. Onboard Discrete NVIDIA® Graphics with DDR4 RAM.

a close up of a computer © Provided by Engadget ASUS showed off its ridiculously thin and light ZenBook 13 at CES earlier this year, but the model was missing a key component: a dedicated GPU. Now, though, the new ZenBook 13 UX331 offers the whole shebang at just 0.47-0.55 inches thick and weighing in at just 2.47lbs, with a discrete graphics card on board and a 13.3" FHD touchscreen display.

The visual grunt work comes courtesy of an Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 GPU, and will provide extra performance for gaming and GPU-intensive tasks and certainly a boost over the Intel UHD cards found in ultrabook counterparts. ASUS says it's the world's thinnest laptop with a discrete GPU, and it'll no doubt play a role in bumping the brand's sales of gaming machines, which Asus expects to increase by 33 percent this year.

The machine also features two USB 3.0 ports, a micro SD card reader, headphone-out, audio-in jack, dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a 50Wh lithium polymer battery that boasts up to 14 hours of runtime. You'll get 60 percent charged in just 49 minutes, too, but then again you'd expect a quick charge time for such a lightweight machine. It's on sale now for $1,000.

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