Source: The Verge
If you thought the MacBook Pro’s “Touch Bar”—the thin strip of interactive touchscreen that replaced the function keys—was a genius idea, then the forthcoming Asus Zenbook Pro Duo Windows laptop might just have you postponing your switch to Apple. The Zenbook Pro Duo sports a touch bar on steroids: a secondary screen that’s half the size of the 15.4-inch 4K OLED main screen that sits above it.
What Asus is calling the ScreenPad Plus measures 14 inches (on the diagonal), has an aspect ratio of 32:9, and boasts a resolution of 3840×1100. And, of course, it’s touch sensitive, so you can use the supplied Asus Pen to—potentially—do all manner of things: photographers could edit a small portion of an image that’s displayed in full on the main screen; videographers could keep tool bars, thumbnails and time-lines on the touchscreen while the big screen is used for an uncluttered edit window.
“The laptop of tomorrow” (Asus’s words, not ours) does come with a proper physical keyboard (complete with real function keys) and a trackpad that does double duty as a numeric keypad. The internals are mighty impressive, too: an Intel i9 processor of up to eight cores can be combined with the Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, as much as 32GB of RAM, and a maximum 1TB of SSD storage. There’s also a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C USB socket and a full-sized HDMI output for, well, another display.
If all this seems like overkill, you can always lose the “Pro” and opt for the 14-inch ZenBook Duo. Don’t worry, you’ll still get the dual screens, but they’ll just be full HD. Pricing of either model hasn’t been revealed, but you’ll only have to wait till the third quarter to lay your eyes on one.
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