We have seen the problems with foldable devices, mainly in the smartphone market, with the plastic displays being easily damaged, either by the consumers themselves or by debris, which can collect by folding and unfolding the device. There is also the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, which is a very similar device. What the ASUS laptop brings is updated and newer hardware, along with the obvious learnings from the already available X1 Fold.
Today we are giving you a quick overview of the ASUS ZenBook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702).
ASUS ZenBook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702): Full Specs
The laptop is built using magnesium alloy and has a Tech Black finish, which is sleek and minimal. There is also a dark green kickstand, which is made out of faux leather. The back also has a new ASUS monogram, which can also be seen on other ZenBook laptops, such as the ZenBook 14 OLED. The device has chamfered edges, which further elevate its elegance. In terms of weight and height, the machine stops the scales at 1.65 kg and has a profile of 11.7 mm.
When unfolded, the laptop has 17.3-inches of screen real estate, which is like a small TV. The aspect ratio is 4:3, which is a tad old school, but with so much modern tech inside, some old school won’t hurt. With a resolution of 2560 x 1920, anything will look great on the laptop. When folded and with the keyboard attached, you have a 12.5-inch display with FHD resolution. The OLED panel has fantastic color reproduction and true black colors. It also fully covers the DCI-P3 gamut, 500 nits of brightness, and Pantone validation for color accuracy.
Specifications and features
The device is powered by the Intel Core i7-1250U, which has 10 total cores (2 Performance and 8 Efficiency) and 12 threads. This is not a laptop for performance, but more of a statement device, as its appearance and tech alone will blow people’s socks off. The iGPU here is pretty capable, with the Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) being able to handle everything that the CPU is capable of running.
The I/O is shallow, but you get some ports nonetheless, with two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The keyboard attachment brings 1.4 mm key travel and connects via Bluetooth. The unit brings a full row of function keys, a pitch of 19.05 mm between the keys, making the experience feel like a traditional keyboard.
There is a quad-speaker setup from Harman/Kardon that has Dolby Atmos support and a SmartAmp with up to 350% increase in volume.