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Asus dives straight into the deep end of the pool, not with an iPad-like 13-inch screen, but a massive 17-inch OLED folding display, called Asus Zenbook 17 Fold. Asus calls it “the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop,” which I believe, as I think I would have noticed something similar.
This 2560 x 1920, 4: 3 aspect ratio touchscreen can be placed behind a Bluetooth keyboard and feels like a 17-inch all-in-one desktop. Or it can be folded in half and turned into a 12.5-inch clamshell laptop with an on-screen keyboard in the lower half. There is a separate software package to decide which half of the folded display should show different apps, since Windows is not very savvy yet.
The system is powered by Intel processors of the 12th generation and has 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage, along with WiFi 6 and a 75 Wh battery. It’s about 3.75 pounds not counting the bluetooth keyboard, which seems reasonable. A 16-inch MacBook Pro weighs around 4.8 pounds by comparison. My main concern when looking at the datasheet is that it only has a single Thunderbolt port.
This is one of the devices I really regret not being seen in person at CES 2022. There’s no price yet, but Asus says it will come “mid-year” in 2022.