ASUS launches new 13-inch OLED ZenBook, more powerful ZenBook 14 and ZenBook Flip 15

ASUS Zenbook 14 2021
ASUS Zenbook 14 2021 (Image credit: ASUS)

What you need to know

  • ASUS has announced a new 13-inch OLED ZenBook, a more capable ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15 Flip.
  • All three laptops come rocking 11th Gen Intel or AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs.
  • ASUS will launch the ZenBook 13 OLED and ZenBook 14 in February, though you can buy the new ZenBook Flip 15 now from $1,150 at Best Buy (opens in new tab).

ASUS has been on a roll this year with CES 2021, but the company isn't done quite yet. There's a new ZenBook 13 OLED laptop with a 13.9mm-thin chassis and a rather striking 1080p display with HDR. It weighs in at just 2.5 pounds and has a battery life that should last up to 13 hours, though actual real-world usage will see that figure drop to around 10 hours.

It comes rocking the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, ranging from the Ryzen 5 5500U all the way up to the Ryzen 7 5800U. There's up to 16GB of DDR4 3733MHz RAM available, as well as up to a 1TB PCIe SSD and integrated Radeon graphics. Plenty of ports are at hand, including two USB-C 3.2, USB-A 3.2, HDMI, and a microSD reader.

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CategoryASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (UM325)ASUS ZenBook 14 (UM425)ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 (Q538/Q528)
OSWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
11th Gen Intel
Core i7-1165G7
RAMUp to 16GB
Up to 16GB
Up to 16GB
GraphicsAMD Radeon
AMD Radeon integrated
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display13.3 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
100% DCI-P3
14 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
15.6 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
Touch, IPS
PortsTwo USB-C 3.2
USB-A 3.2
microSD reader
Two USB-C 3.2
USB-A 3.2
microSD reader
3.5mm audio
Two Thunderbolt 4
USB-A 3.2
SD reader
3.5mm audio
AudioHarman Kardon audioHarman Kardon audioHarman Kardon audio
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
CameraIR cameraIR cameraIR camera
Dimensions11.97 x 7.99 x 0.55 inches
(304mm x 203mm x 13.9mm)
12.56 x 8.27 x 0.55 inches
(319mm x 210mm x 14.3mm)
14.02 x 9.06 x 0.78 inches
(356mm x 230mm x 19.9mm)
Weight2.51 pounds (1.14kg)2.69 pounds (1.22kg)4.19 pounds (1.9kg)
ColorPine GreyPine GreyN/A

As well as the new ZenBook 13 OLED, ASUS also has a refresh hitting the ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15 Flip with new processors. Inside the former is either an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Ryzen 7 5700U, or AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, but the highlight is it is one of the world's thinnest 14-inch laptops, coming in at just 14.3mm. There are also 16 hours' worth of battery life and an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 if you don't fancy the integrated Radeon graphics.

On the flip-side, quite literally, is the ZenBook 15 Flip with the new 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor. This is quite the portable beast of a CPU. ASUS also packed in a 1080p NanoEdge touchscreen, up to a GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU, up to 16GB of DDR-3200MHz RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. It's perfectly positioned for creatives on the go.

The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED and ZenBook 14 will arrive in the U.S. come February, though you can purchase the new ZenBook 15 Flip right now at Best Buy. Two versions are listed below, one with a 1080p display and GTX 1650 GPU and another with a 4K panel and GTX 1650 Ti GPU.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • I got the ZenBook Flip 15 (1080p) as a review unit and it's pretty decent spec-wise, particularly for business use. It's not what I would call a sexy design, but I really like the TB4 ports...and surprisingly, the noise cancellation for the microphone is pretty good - especially for all of the working from home.
  • TL;DR
    - ZenBook 13 does not have a headphone jack, so it's DOA to everyone. Shame because it might've been the first high-end Flaghship Ryzen ultrabook in existence. - ZenBook 14 UM425QA with 5800H is the only premium ultrabook from ASUS with the new Ryzen Zen 3, so it's pretty much the only regular ZenBook SKU worth buying. Also MX450 Max-Q, really appreciated since iGPU is still far behind. - ZenBook Flip 15 with 1650Ti Max-Q is finally on the radar since ASUS listened to customer feedback and went with 96Wh+FHD for the battery life instead of 52Wh+UHD from last gen, if the cooling system and pen input has both been significantly improved. Will have to wait for thorough review testing on this one
  • Do people use headphone jacks with laptops? Figured it would all be USB or Bluetooth by now.
  • I don't know about other people, but personally I prefer to use an open-back wired headphone whenever I'm indoors and can't afford to turn up the speakers. Sound quality matters to me, and wireless is not there yet.