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Taiwanese technology major Asus announced on Wednesday that its 17.3-inch foldable OLED notebook, called the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, priced from $3,499, will be launched globally during the fourth quarter of this year.
The Intel Evo-certified folding laptop with a 180-degree hinge mechanism offers two OLED display sizes in one device – a large 17.3-inch, 2.5K touchscreen that folds in the middle to create two seamless 12.5-inch displays.
When fully folded, it becomes an ultra-compact and portable 12.5-inch device that is smaller than a sheet of copier paper.
The foldable design combined with a full Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad allows for several versatile modes of use – desktop computer, notebook (with Bluetooth keyboard), notebook with virtual keyboard), tablet, e-reader and extended.
Additionally, each screen can be split into multiple windows and content organized using a window management feature, the company said.
The device features the latest 12th generation Intel Core i7-1250U processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD.
There are two USB-C Thunderbolt four ports that claim to support fast charging of the 75Wh battery.
In desktop mode, the unfolded 17.3-inch screen can be used with a wirelessly connected “ErgoSense” keyboard and touchpad to create a powerful, large-screen computer for easy productivity.
In laptop mode (with a Bluetooth keyboard), the keyboard snaps magnetically when placed on the bottom half of the folded display.
Alternatively, in laptop mode (with virtual keyboard), the bottom display can be turned into an on-screen virtual keyboard.
“Tablet mode allows users to enjoy the full touch capabilities of the fully open 17.3-inch touchscreen, while Reader mode – with its vertically aligned hinge – transforms the Zenbook17 Fold OLED into the ultimate reading device,” the company said.