What you need to know
- ASUS just announced the ROG Flow X16 gaming laptop.
- The convertible laptop runs on up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti laptop graphics.
- The ROG Flow X16 will be available in the UK in Q3 2022.
ASUS announced its ROG Flow X16 gaming laptop today. The 16-inch device runs on up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor paired with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti laptop graphics. The Flow X16 is a convertible laptop, allowing people to flip it around into different postures.
ASUS will start shipping the ROG Flow X16 in Q3 2022 in the UK. The company has not shared pricing details at this time.
The ROG Flow X16 is the most powerful ROG Flow device to date, according to ASUS. In addition to its CPU and GPU pairing, it has a MUX Switch to optimize performance. Real-world testing will be the judge, but the specs of the device stack it up well against the best gaming laptops.
|Category||ASUS ROG Flow X16|
|OS||Windows 11 Pro|
|Processor||Up to AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS|
|RAM||Up to 64GB DDR5-4800MHz|
|Graphics||Up to NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti Laptop|
Up to 125W TGP
|Storage||Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD|
16:10 aspect ratio
100% DCI-P3, 500 nits, touch, Adaptive sync
Mini LED, 100% DCI-P3, 1100 nits, 512 dimming zones, touch, Adaptive sync
|Ports||XG Mobile interface|
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2)
microSD card reader
|Camera||HD IR camera|
1.7mm key travel
|Dimensions||13.97 x 9.56 x 0.76 inches|
(355mm x 243mm x 19.4mm)
|Weight||From 4.4 pounds (2.0kg)|
|Availability||Q3 2022 (UK)|
The laptop features a display that can reach up to 1,100 nits peak brightness. That QHD Mini LED panel has a 165Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time. Itl meets ASUS' ROG Nebula display certification, which requires 100% coverage of DCI-P3, at least 500 nits of brightness, and a response time of 3ms or less. It's worth highlighting that the ROG Flow X16 has more than double the peak brightness that the certification requires.
ASUS focused on keeping the laptop cool when designing it. The company highlighted the ROG Flow X16's Frost Force Technology and Pulsar Heatsink with three fans in its press materials. According to ASUS, the third fan in the XOG Flow X16 allows the laptop's GPU to stay 7°C (44.6°F) cooler than traditional setups.
|Category||ASUS ROG XG Mobile (2022)|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon RX 6850M|
12GB GDDR6 VRAM
|Connection||ROG XG Mobile interface|
|Ports||Four USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)|
SD card reader
|Size||8.5 x 6.5 x 1.28 inches|
(217mm x 165mm x 32.6mm)
|Weight||2.2 pounds (1kg)|
If you'd like more power than what the XOG Flow X16 can provide on its own, the laptop supports the XG Mobile family of external GPUs, which are among the best eGPUS.
Since the XOG Flow X16 is a convertible laptop, you can flip it around into various modes. For example, you could rotate the keyboard back to present the display by itself. When paired with one of the best gaming keyboards you could get a bit more of a desktop feel from a laptop.
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