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ProArt Studiobook, Vivobook lead ASUS’ creator series laptops

With a new input method

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ProArt Studiobook

It feels like brands keep targeting content creators these days that for a while it seemed like all devices were just made for them. ASUS is bringing a little bit more to the table by introducing the ASUS Dial to their ProArt Studibook and Vivobook creatore series laptops.

Geared towards creatives who have to deal with adjusting values a lot — whether it’s color correcting or finding the right contrast or white balance — the ASUS Dial introduces a faster way to get these things done. On certain products in the company’s new set of products, the ASUS Dial is built in and is immediately visible. In others, it’s baked into the upper-left hand side of the trackpad.

Adobe X ASUS

Naturally, this won’t do if it was just hardware alone. To make sure the tech works, ASUS worked closely with Adobe to make sure this innovation is integrated into the relevant software.

Included in the package of these laptops are either a one-month or three-month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. That’s free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite consisting of popular creator apps like Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, and more.

OLED all the way

Another important shift in this creator-centric approach is the move to make sure the lineup is equipped with OLED displays. Vivid imagery, low bluelight are just some of the general benefits. For creators, specifically, the OLED tech by ASUS incorporates color accuracy.

Here are all the devices included in this brand new ASUS Creator Series line-up.

ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED (W7600, W5600)

ProArt Studiobook

  • Up to AMD Ryzen 5000 Series (W5600) or 3rd Gen Intel Xeon workstation processor (W7600)
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 (W5600) or A5000 (W7600) GPU
  • ISV Certified
  • NVIDIA Studio Drivers
  • 16” 4K OLED HDR 16:10 display, DCI-P3 color gamut, PANTONE validated
  • ASUS Dial
  • PCIe 3.0 x4 or PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs
  • Up to 64GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Thunderbolt 4 (W7600) or USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (W5600) ports
  • HDMI 2.1
  • SD Express 7.0 card reader

ProaArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H7600, H5600)

ProArt Studiobook

  • Up to AMD Ryzen 5000 Series (H5600) or Intel Core i9 (H7600)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (H5600) or 3060 (H7600)
  • NVIDIA Studio Drivers
  • 16” 4K OLED HDR 16:10 display, DCI-P3 color gamut, PANTONE validated
  • ASUS Dial
  • PCIe 3.0 x4 or PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs
  • Up to 64GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Thunderbolt 4 (H7600) or USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (H5600) ports
  • HDMI 2.1
  • SD Express 7.0 card reader

Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED (M3401, M3500, K3400, K3500)

ProArt Studiobook

  • Ryzen 5000 H Series Mobile Processors or Intel Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics
  • NanoEdge 2.8J/FHD OLED display
  • Harman Kardon-certified audio
  • Dual-fan cooling system
  • WiFi 6
  • Colors: Quiet Blue, Cool Silver

Zenbook 14X OLED (UX5400, UM5401)

  • Ryzen 5000 H Series processors or 11th Gen Intel Core processors
  • 16:10 4K OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen
  • 180-degree ErgoLift hinge
  • ScreenPad
  • NumberPad

ExpertBook B5 OLED, ExpertBook B5 Flip OLED

  • 11th Gen Intel Core processor
  • AI noise cancelation
  • dual-SSD RAID support
  • ASUS NumberPad 2.0

Pricing and availability

ASUS ProArt Studiobook PRO 16 OLED (W5600/W7600) will be available starting at US$ 2499.99 in Q4 in North America.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600) will be available starting at US$ 1999.99 in Q4 in North America.

Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (N7600 Intel) will be available starting at US$1399.99, (M7600 AMD) available starting at US$ 1499.99 in Q4 in North America.

Pricing and availability in other regions have yet to be announced.

Laptops

Infinix launches a new premium notebook lineup

Say hello to the ZERO BOOK series

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Earlier today, Infinix launched a duo of smartphones that each tout a first for the smartphone business. Well, the brand can offer more than just phones. Going along with its new flagships, Infinix has also launched a new premium lineup of notebooks called the ZERO BOOK series.

Infinix ZERO BOOK

The lineup’s first device is impressive in itself. With a workable 323.3 x 211.1 x 16.95mm chassis, the ZERO BOOK comes with a 15.6 IPS display, putting out images in 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 ratio.

Underneath the keyboard, the notebook sports up to an Intel Core i7-12700H chipset and Iris Xe graphics. It comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD of internal storage.

For more power, the series also comes with an OVERBOOST Switch which boosts the laptop’s performance to 54W. Despite the additional infusion of power, it also comes with ICE STORM 2.0, an advanced cooling system consisting of two 65mm fans and a shark fin design to prevent overheating.

Further, the series also has an AI BeautyCam Enhancement for its webcam. Using software, the device automatically improves image quality for video calls. It also has a Dual-mix Array and AI Noise Cancellation which can block out background noise and maximize volume for a user’s voice.

Finally, it comes with a 70Wh battery for juice throughout the day.

Infinix ZERO BOOK ULTRA

Though the ZERO BOOK ULTRA ships in the same size as the regular ZERO BOOK, it is anything but the same.

The ZERO BOOK ULTRA carries an even more packed set of hardware. For example, the device can go up to an Intel i9-12900H chipset with Iris Xe graphics. It goes up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD of internal storage.

Price and availability

Both models of the new ZERO BOOK series are available now. The ZERO BOOK will start at US$ 799. Meanwhile, the ZERO BOOK ULTRA will start at US$ 999.

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Samsung, Intel are making a slidable PC

Prototype right now

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When Samsung heralded the coming of the foldable phone, all eyes were unfortunately fixed on the ghastly crease stretching from end to end. Years since that moment, the crease never really disappeared. Smartphone brands did their best to reduce their impact, but it still remains a problem. Samsung, perhaps doubling back to fix the long-standing problem, has introduced a new form factor for the future: the slidable PC.

During Intel’s Innovation event, Samsung Display and Intel unveiled a prototype device showcasing a unique (but not altogether new) concept. Instead of a foldable hinge, the 13-inch display “slides” into a 17-inch display. Both companies effectively created a tablet that can turn into a laptop.

Since the prototype already works as a display, it’s easy to see how an eventual device might work. Starting off as a large tablet, the device expands and connects to an external keyboard (or another accessory).

The prototype should look familiar, too. Although Intel uses “slidable” as a term, other brands — like LG — have created similar form factors but labeled as “rollable.” Unfortunately, LG exited the smartphone business before creating a workable product for everyone.

Without other brands, it looks like Samsung and Intel are both on the hunt to bring the device to reality. At the moment, it is still a prototype. There is no timeline for a product yet. However, Intel seems resolute that foldable isn’t the future of PCs.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases that sliding, rolling displays are coming

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Lenovo ThinkPad P16s, ThinkStation P360 now in the Philippines

Two new Think products

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ThinkPad P16s

Lenovo continues to be in a league of its own. After making new IdeaPad and Yoga laptops available earlier this month, Lenovo has introduced two new products in their Think lineup: the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and ThinkStation P360 Ultra.

ThinkPad P16s Gen 1

Price — starts at PhP 95,999

The powerful and high-performance ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 is powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA T550 or Intel Iris Xe graphics.

It can support up to 48GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage, making it ideal not only for work but also gaming.

The display is 16-inch, 400 nits (2560 x 1600) screen. It has Intel WiFi 6E and Intel Thunderbolt 4, with a suite of ports and slots for seamless and high-speed connectivity.

While reliable and durable, the laptop also comes in a lightweight and slim design, weighing just 1.7 kilograms and with a thickness of 20.5mm for portable use.

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

Price — starts at PhP 114,799

On the other hand, the small but powerful ThinkStation P360 Ultra is boosted by up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900 vPro processor for a maximum power of up to 5GHz, and advanced graphics options such as the NVIDIA RTX A5000.

Half the size of traditional small form factor desktop workstations, the machine supports a wide range of tasks for professionals and even creatives, making it one of its kind for its size.

It has up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe Gen4 storage. The ThinkStation P360 Ultra also has seven (7) USB ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Dual onboard ethernet and WiFi 6E options ensure access to superfast networking connectivity. Pair it with wireless keyboards, mice, and monitors, and you’ll be able to take productivity to a whole new level.

The release of these Think devices follows Lenovo’s release of three new Yoga laptops — the Yoga 9i, Slim 7i Pro X, and Slim 7i Carbon — and three new IdeaPads — Slim 3 and 3i, Slim 5i, and 5 Pro earlier this month.

 

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