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The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a large tablet with a 17.3 inch display… or a weird laptop with two 12.5 inch displays, including one that you can optionally cover with a physical keyboard.

First unveiled in January and kinda/sorta launched in August, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is now available for pre-order for $3500.

The computer is powered by an Intel Core i7-1250U processor, which is a low-power 10-core, 12-thread chip with Intel Iris Xe graphics. Designed to consume between 9 and 29 watts of power, it’s an energy-efficient chip that might not offer all the performance you’d normally expect from a computer in this price range.

But what you’re paying for here is the big, high-res, foldable OLED display. And the processor should deliver much better performance than the Intel Lakefield chip that powered the first-gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold which was the first foldable OLED laptop/tablet hybrid to ship when it hit the streets in 2020.

The computer’s display is a 17.3 inch, 2560 x 1920 pixel screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio when unfolded and up to 500 nits brightness. It supports 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, Dolby Vision, and HDR, and the screen has a 0.2 ms response time.

You can hold the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in your hands like a tablet or use the built-in leather kickstand to prop it up for use with a wired or wireless keyboard as if it were a portable desktop computer. But you can also fold the system at the center and use it like a laptop.

When folded, you effectively have two 12.5 inch, 1920 x 1280 pixel screens, each with a 3:2 aspect ratio. You can use the bottom screen as a virtual keyboard, drawing pad, or other input device. Or you can slap the Asus ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard atop the bottom screen and use the system more like a traditional laptop.

Other specs for the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED include 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a headphone jack, a 5MP webcam, a 75 Wh battery, and support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. The computer measures 14.9″ x 11.3″ x 0.5″ and weighs 3.3 pounds.

If the $3500 price tag seems a bit steep, there is at least one other large-screen foldable on the way: Lenovo  plans to launch a 2nd-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold soon with a 16.3 inch, 2024 x 2560 pixel foldable OLED display and a $2500 starting price.

That model will also be a little lighter, weighing just 2.8 pounds, while offering an extra USB 3.2 Gen 2 port (but no headphone jack), and optional support for 5G. But the entry-level version of Lenovo’s new foldable will likely have an Intel Core i5 processor and just a 48 Wh battery.

For now the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is pretty much in a category of its own. It’s available for pre-order from B&H, and there are coming soon pages at Newegg and Adorama. Asus has also indicate that the computer will eventually be available from Amazon as well.

press release via The Verge

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  1. Much cheaper to get the 2nd Gen Lenovo X1 Fold 2022 model.

    (don’t get the Asus, or 1st Gen X1).

  2. I really like this concept.
    However, I’m wondering what is the use case for the big screen when it’s unfolded. It feels like it would be too cumbersome to use as a tablet when unfolded, so most people would be using the full-screen to display something from a distance. There’s really not much games, movies, or books in that aspect ratio.

    But I agree, this concept is great for laptop->tablet conversion, for a gadget designed to go into a backpack. The polar-opposite is a gadget designed to go into a pocket, and should convert tablet->phone. But that requires the screen be on the outside/hinge, and it fold from a square into a rectangle.

    Sounds like devices of the future…

    1. Personally I’d love it for work. The portability of a 13″ laptop but the screen of a 17″ laptop (technically 18.3″ 16:9 by screen area) once you reach a desk. Those laptop stands people use to put their laptop at monitor height and distance would make more sense too, no need for a separate keyboard and mouse when the built in one is removable.