The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 is a 2.6 pound Windows tablet with a 13.4 inch display, a built-in kickstand, and support for a detachable keyboard. While those specs might make the tablet sound like an Asus-made alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro, the specs tell a different story: the ROG Flow X13 is designed first and foremost for gamers.
Under the hood it has a 12th-gen Intel Core H processor, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti graphics, and the tablet is also compatible with the Asus XG Mobile external graphics dock if you need more horsepower. First introduced during the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Asus ROG Flow X13 is now available for pre-order in select countries including the US, Canada and the UK.
Meanwhile customers in the UK can pre-order a model with a 3840 x 2400 pixel 60 Hz display, an Intel Core i9-12900H processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and external graphics dock for £2,998 ($4000). And Best Buy Canada is taking pre-orders for for $2500 for a model with a 1920 x 1200 pixel 120 Hz display, but you’ll have to buy the graphics dock separately.
That same FHD+ model will sell for $1900 in the US eventually, but it’s currently listed as “coming soon” on the Best Buy US website and isn’t yet available for pre-order.
If you can’t wait to place a pre-order though, Newegg is taking orders for a model with a FHD+ 120 Hz display, an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for $1800, but it’s not expected to ship until April.
According to the Asus website, there may also be lower-priced models with Intel Core i7-12700H or Core i5-12500H processors in the future (the Core i5 model also lacks NVIDIA graphics, which means it’ll likely offer longer battery life when used as a standalone tablet, but gamers may want to invest in the external graphics dock).
Common features across all models include LPDDR5 memory, PCIe 4.0 M.2 2230 SSDs, backlit detachable keyboards with RGB lighting, fingerprint readers, 8MP cameras, stereo speakers, 3 microphones, support for WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and 56 Wh batteries and 100W USB-C power adapters.
The tablets have Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 2.0 Type-A, 3.5mm audio, and microSD card reader ports plus a ROG XG Mobile Interface for the optional graphics dock.
The Asus ROG Flow X13 measures 11.9″ x 8″ x 0.5″ and while models with NVIDIA graphics weight 2.6 pounds, the Core i5 configuration with only Intel Iris Xe graphics weighs a little under 2.5 pounds.