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ASUS unveils Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702); coming to Malaysia in Q4 2022 at RM14,999

ASUS continues to innovate the laptop industry with the latest unveiling of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702), the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop. The device is expected to land in Malaysia in Q4 2022 at RM14,999. Partnering with Intel, ASUS has developed industry-first solutions to advance innovation in the foldables category, including collaborations between domain experts and an ecosystem partnership.

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is an Intel Evo-certified foldable laptop, offering two sizes of OLED display in one device: a large 4:3 17.3-inch 2.5K touchscreen that folds in the middle to create two seamless 3:2 12.5-inch 1920 by 1280 displays. The 180° hinge — which is tested to withstand over 30,000 open-and-close cycles — offers to be an ultra-compact and portable 12.5-inch device when folded.

Multiple versatile usage modes — Desktop, Laptop (with Bluetooth keyboard), Laptop (with virtual keyboard), Tablet, Reader and Extended — are enabled by the folding design in conjunction with the full-size ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad, and each screen can additionally be split into multiple windows and the contents arranged, using the intelligent window-management feature in the ASUS ScreenXpert 3 and exclusive Mode Switcher apps. Despite its versatility and large screen size, the device weighs just 1.5 kg without the keyboard, or 1.8 kg with it.

The foldable OLED touchscreen has a 0.2 ms response time and a 60 Hz refresh rate with a quad-speaker Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos sound system. Dolby Atmos adds a new spatial dimension to sound for an ultra-realistic listening experience. The speakers are driven by a smart amplifier that maximizes volume — up to 3.5X louder than a standard amplifier — while minimizing distortion, ensuring crystal-clear sound for entertainment or communications. The display is also Dolby Vision-certified with a 100% DCI-P3 gamut, PANTONE Validated for color accuracy and TÜV Rheinland-certified for reducing harmful blue light

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED includes several smart AI-powered features, including user-presence detection using an HD IR camera; an integrated color sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness and color temperature; and a 5 MP AI webcam with ASUS 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) technology for clearer video calls.

In the performance department, the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB RAM and a fast 1 TB PCIe SSD is powerful to meet any work or entertainment task. There are two convenient USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, which support fast charging of the long-lasting 75 Wh battery, and connections to external displays. The new ASUS ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad ensures comfortable, accurate typing, with a desktop-grade 19.05 mm key pitch and a long 1.4 mm travel on the dished mechanical keys.

Durability is no excuse for the device as ASUS tested it to MIL-STD-810H US military standard for reliability and durability. The hinge has also
torture-tested, undergoing over 30,000 open-and-close cycles to ensure maximum reliability for total peace of mind. To put this in context, if a user opens and closes the laptop six times per day, this represents a lifespan of over nine years. The stepless hinge is built to firmly hold the upper screen at any angle, making it perfect when used as an ultraportable 12.5-inch laptop, or for single-handed use in reader mode.

The question now is, are you ready for foldable laptop in Malaysia? It’s yours for RM14,999 in Malaysia in Q4 2022 on the ASUS 2-in-1

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