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CES 2020: ASUS updates ZenBook Duo, VivoBook S, Chromebook Flip, ROG Zephyrus and TUF series

On: January 7, 2020

CES 2020 is currently underway in Las Vegas. Yesterday, ASUS had announced the world’s first gaming monitor with A 360Hz refresh rate panel called the ROG Swift 360Hz. Now the Taiwanese brand has launched a range of new laptops and also updated a few others with the latest hardware. The lineup includes the ZenBook Duo, VivoBook S, Chromebook Flip, ROG Zephyrus G14, and TUF series. Let’s delve into the technical specifications of the laptops below:

ZenBook Duo specifications and features

Last year, ASUS had launched the world’s first laptop with dual displays called the ZenBook Duo Pro (review). The brand had also announced ZenBook Duo with toned-down specifications compared to the Pro variant. Now at the ongoing CES, ASUS has refreshed the non-pro variant with Intel’s 10th gen U-series processors. The rest of the specifications remain the same i.e. 14-inch primary FHD display and 12.6-inch secondary screen, GeForce MX250 graphics, 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. 

VivoBook S specifications and features

Acer VivoBook 14 launched

ASUS offers the VivoBook S series in 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch display sizes. The brand has now updated the laptops with Intel’s latest 10th gen processors. The machines can also be configured with up to 16GB RAM and a discrete Nvidia GPU instead of integrated Intel graphics. 

ROG Zephyrus G14 specifications and features

The ROG Zephyrus G14 is a 14-inch gaming laptop weighing 1.58kgs. Buyers get the option to choose between a FHD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate or QHD panel with a 60Hz refresh rate. The Zephyrus G14 comes in standard and AniMe Matrix version. The latter features an optional LED dot-matrix display hidden on the lid of the laptop. It consists of 1,215 mini LEDs allowing users to display animated gifs, music visualizers, time, etc. on the lid. 

Under the hood, the G14 is equipped with AMD’s latest Ryzen 4000 H-series chipset paired with Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. The laptop is configurable up to 32GB RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. The Zephyrus G14 is claimed to deliver 10.4 hours of battery life on a single charge. 

Alongside the G14, ASUS has also updated last year’s Zephyrus G15 with AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 processors. It comes with Wi-Fi 6 support and also gets a 240Hz display option. 

TUF series specifications and features

ASUS has introduced two new gaming laptops in the TUF series. The devices are 15-inch A15 and F15, and 17-inch A17 and F17. The machines are powered by AMD’s 4th gen Ryzen mobile CPUs paired with up to RTX 2060 graphics onboard. The laptops offer up to 144Hz refresh rate panels. The TUF series comes with up to 32GB RAM and 1TB storage. The laptops are backed by up to a larger 90Wh battery unit. 

Chromebook Flip C436 specifications and features

The Chromebook Flip C436 is the follow-up to last year’s Chromebook Flip C434. The C436 has the same design with a 1080p touchscreen measuring 14-inches. 

The latest model is different from last year’s in terms of internals. The Flip C436 is equipped with up to 10th gen Intel Core i7 processors. It also packs up to 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. The laptop comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The C436 also features a fingerprint scanner and stylus support. The laptop is capable of delivering up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. 

Pricing and Availability

ASUS hasn’t announced the pricing of any of the devices. The ZenBook Duo will be available in the first quarter of 2020. The new VivoBook S models are expected to arrive in Q1 or Q2 2020. The standard Zephyrus G14 variant is expected to ship in mid-March while the AniMe Matrix model will be available in April. ASUS plans to sell the Chromebook Flip C436 in the first or second quarter of 2020. 

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Viraj Gawde

Viraj loves being in the creative field. Being a tech guy and resident tech advisor for his friends and family, his interest lies in smartphones, laptops and cameras. Passionate about creating art, his forte lies in photography. In his downtime, he loves gaming on his self-built rig and supporting FC Barcelona.