The 14-inch dual-screen Asus ZenBook Duo is smaller, lighter, and less powerful
Asus’ ZenBook Pro Duo was one of 2019’s most interesting-looking laptops, and the company announced the ZenBook Duo (no Pro this time) at CES 2020, its smaller version coming in a more manageable size of 14-inch.
Like the 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo, the latest ZenBook Duo also sports a secondary “ScreenPad Plus” monitor (this time a 12.6-inch panel over its larger cousin’s 14-inch panel), allowing the dual-screen experiences that made the original a compelling product.
Specs are also reduced in almost every way on the non-Pro ZenBookDuo. Instead of 4 K, the 14-inch screen is FHD and no longer OLED. The processors are Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake chipsets, but instead of the H-series chips on the larger model, they come from the less powerful U-series lineup. The optional GPU is a GeForce MX250, rather than an RTX 2060 (assuming you are choosing a dedicated GPU over the integrated graphics of Intel at all). RAM starts at 16 GB rather than 32 GB.
Nonetheless, the smaller size and weight (3.3 pounds instead of 6.4 pounds) will make the ZenBookDuo a much more compact computer than its huge counterpart, and the less powerful specifications will help it hit a more affordable price point than the $2,499 for which the original ZenBook Pro Duo sold, although no price has yet been confirmed. Asus says the ZenBook Duo will be available in the first half of 2020.
Asus also announced updates to its 13.3-inch,14-inch, and 15.6-inch VivoBook S lineup. These three now come with the new 10th Gen processors from Intel (14 nm Comet Lake on 14-inch and 15.6-inch versions, 10 nm Ice Lake chips on 13.3-inch). They can also be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM and, if you need the extra power, feature optional discrete Nvidia GPUs instead of Intel’s integrated graphics. The revised VivoBook S models will arrive in Q1 or Q2 2020 sometime, but details are yet to be revealed as to when— as well as starting prices.