Asus is preparing an affordable 13-inch laptop with a detachable OLED screen


Enlarge / Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED.


Asus has announced an upcoming laptop with a 13.3-inch detachable OLED touchscreen. OLED-equipped laptops are not uncommon, but the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED stands out due to its form factor and price.

The 2-in-1 device comes with a stand that allows you to place the device at an angle of up to 170 ° horizontally or vertically.Ready for portrait or landscape orientation.Enlarge / Ready for portrait or landscape orientation.


Interestingly, Asus is promoting the PC as an entertainment device and even going so far as to call it “your OLED television”. The display measures 13.3 inches, so that bit of marketing is quite a pain. However, the 1920 × 1080 screen has an aspect ratio of 16: 9 which is suitable for modern shows and movies.

The screen covers 133 percent of the sRGB color space and 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, which is generally impressive for a laptop and on par with other OLED laptops. In our tests, the latest OLED-equipped Dell XPS 15 covered 98.7 percent of the DCI-P3.The 13.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 × 1080.Enlarge / The 13.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 × 1080.


Asus was sure to include a collection of unusual certifications. Most importantly, the device uses VESA’s DisplayHDR True Black 500, which means the black level cannot be brighter than 0.0005 nits, which VESA says is “the lowest value that can be effectively measured by industry standard colorimeters”.


There’s also Dolby Vision HDR support, Pantone certification for color accuracy, and TÜV Rheinland for low blue light levels (Asus claims the levels are up to 70 percent lower than an LCD panel).The laptop has the second highest VESA certification for black levels.Enlarge / The laptop has the second highest VESA certification for black levels.


The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED achieves a brightness of 550 nits, which is sufficient for such a small screen and is pretty good for an OLED laptop. For comparison: The current XPS laptops from Dell with OLED screens achieve a maximum of 400 cd / m².

But Asus notes that there will be times when you don’t even need all of those nits. For example, in a living room environment (typically lit at around 100 lux), you only need 177 nits of brightness in an OLED display to produce the same clear image as 400 nits of brightness in an LCD display. OLED displays emit less harmful blue light “states the company on the product page of the PC.

A dark screen, of course, means longer battery life. According to Asus, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED lasts up to 9.5 hours before it has to be charged.

The screen has a response time of 0.2ms, but Asus hasn’t given a refresh rate, which suggests it’s the default 60Hz. This means that Asus doesn’t rely on Samsung’s 90 Hz OLED technology found in the Asus Zenbook 14X or some Lenovo laptops.From the mussel shell to the tablet.Enlarge / From the mussel shell to the tablet.



The device comes with a pen, the Asus Pen 2.0, which is based on the Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0. Asus claims that the pen’s four interchangeable nibs mimick the 2H, H, HB, and B pencil types.Asus Pen 2.0 with interchangeable tips.Enlarge / Asus Pen 2.0 with interchangeable tips.


Detachables aren’t known for being the best typing experience, so it will be interesting to see how the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED’s keyboard performs. It has a key travel of 1.4 mm and the keycaps are curved, which makes typing more comfortable.

Affordable, but how powerful?

The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 with four cores, four threads and a base clock of 1.1 GHz, which reaches up to 3.3 GHz.The two-in-one game starts at $ 600.Enlarge / The two-in-one game starts at $ 600.


Storage and RAM are at the lower end and range up to 256 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD storage or 16 GB LPDDR4X.

Since the machine is a two-in-one device, the components and the connections in the display part of the PC are alive. The tablet is only 0.3 inches thin and there are no USB Type-A ports. Thunderbolt does not exist either, but there are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microSD card reader.

When it hits the market in December, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will start at $ 600 with 4GB of LPDDR4X storage and 128GB of eMMC storage, as PCWorld details. That makes it a good price for a Windows Detachable. For example, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 starts at $ 1,100 and doesn’t use OLED (although the screen is faster at 120 Hz). Dell’s non-detachable XPS 13 with OLED starts at an MSRP of $ 1,583.59 at the time of this writing.

However, removable OLEDs are becoming more common. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 has a detachable OLED screen, but you’ll have to settle for Chrome OS. It’s currently on sale for $ 500, but Lenovo’s initial announcement should eventually start at $ 430.

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