Thin display bezels are once again a hot feature at CES 2019, and ASUS is throwing its hat in the ring with its latest ZenBook. Following on from the debut of Acer's own thin-bezeled Swift 7 earlier today, ASUS has announced the new ZenBook S13 (UX392) (opens in new tab), which packs an even more impressive 97 percent screen-to-body ratio for a display that is just about as close to "borderless" as you can get.
The side bezels on the 13.9-inch 1080p display measure in at just 2.5mm to frame the screen. Up top, the bezel gets a bit thicker to accommodate the HD webcam and a tab for lifting the display from the bottom portion of the laptop. The result is a 13-inch, 12.9mm thick laptop that manages to pack a slightly larger display in a smaller footprint than others in its class.
While the display ratio may be what catches most people's eyes, ASUS has included some solid hardware as well. Processors available in the ZenBook S13 include Intel's 8th Gen Core i5 and i7. The laptop also supports up to 16GB of RAM and SSD storage drives of up to 1TB in capacity.
Despite its small stature, the ZenBook S13 also comes with discrete graphics, courtesy of an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 chip. You won't be blazing through any taxing games with that extra graphical oomph, but it's ample enough to handle some graphically intensive tasks.
Also on board is an integrated fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello authentication, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, and two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, along with a MicroSD card slot. Battery life is estimated to come in at 15 hours with the 50Wh battery, according to ASUS.
The ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392) is expected to launch later in Q1 2019. Pricing isn't available at the moment, but it should be available closer to launch.
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I bet most ppl use the camera in laptop only once in a blue moon anyway. So why not just make the top bezel slightly larger than the rest of the bezels? Notches are ugly, even reversed notches.
At least the 'notch' is not the hideous type popularized by iPhone X. I'll take this frame 'extension' over a notch any day of the week.
Better than having part of the screen missing.
This actually looks really nice.
Beautiful! Nice bright finish and uber thin bezels, imo make it a better looking device than the XPS and Surface Laptop 2. Microsoft should take note!
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