New Asus Laptops 2017: Luxury ZenBook laptops steal the show

Asus has unveiled a host of new products at its IFA 2017 press conference, launching (and re-launching) a whole host of laptops alongside a mixed reality headset. Join us as we take you through the edited highlights.

Asus Mixed Reality Headset

Joining Dell, Acer and Lenovo in bringing a Windows Mixed reality headset to market, Asus has launched its own. The company has sung the virtues of its light, 400g design, anti-bacterial properties and inside-out space-sensing technology. With the same screen specifications as the other Windows Mixed Reality headsets that have already been launched, Asus is clearly trying to differentiate itself from the competition.

Priced at €449 (probably £449/$449) with controllers, the Asus Mixed Reality Headset will fit alongside the Dell model announced yesterday.

Asus ZenBook Flip S 14 and 15

This pair of new ZenBook Flip devices slot in underneath the previously-announced Asus ZenBook Flip S. The 14-inch model (UX461) comes with the latest 8th-generation Intel Core processors (up to Core i7), Nvidia’s latest low-end GeForce MX150 graphics and a 14-inch narrow-bezel display.

Asus claims up to 13 hours of battery life, with this 2-in-1 weighing in at 1.4kg. Pricing starts at €799 (probably £799 and $799), and availability has not yet been announced.

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The 15-inch model (UX561) gets a similar set of specifications, but uprated GTX 1050 graphics from Nvidia instead, making it a potential rival to the non-flippable Dell XPS 15. Pricing starts at €899 (probably £899 and $899), and there’s no release date yet.

The ZenBook FLip S doesn’t have a price or release date yet, but has been updated from 7th-gen to 8th-gen Intel chips.

Asus ZenBook 13 (UX331) and VivoBook S14

The ZenBook UX331 is the followup to the UX330, and comes in lighter (1.12kg) and slightly thicker (13.9mm) than the previous model.

This Ultrabook will gain Nvidia’s GeForce MX150 graphics, a 4K display with narrow beezels and, as is now customary, 8th-generation Intel chips. No price and release date for the time being.

The mid-range VivoBook S14 (pictured), meanwhile, is a similar piece of kit, but coming with a 14-inch screen instead the 13-inch model on the ZenBook 13.

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