ASUS announced the VivoBook S-series, its series of mid-range laptops at Computex. The USP of these laptops is the ASUS’s ScreenPad 2.0, a display integrated into the touchpad. This will be for the first time that ASUS will be putting this feature in a mid-range laptop. The reason could be to encourage more and more developers to support the secondary display and make it actually useful.
ASUS VivoBook series comes in a brushed aluminum body with some touches of lightweight plastic. This combination ensures durability with a relatively low weight (between 1.4 and 1.8 kilograms). The thickness of the laptop is just 0.7 inch, making this notebook quite easy to handle. There are a lot of color options available, Moss Green, Transparent Silver, Gun Metal, Cobalt Blue, and Punk Pink.
The VivoBook S14 and S15 are equipped with either 14-inch or 15-inch LCD panels with thin bezels. The screen has an FHD resolution (1920×1080) with viewing angles up to 178 degrees. Well, this is not the only screen that this laptop has. The other screen, the ScreenPad 2.0, is a 5.65-inch display integrated into the touchpad. It has a FHD+ (2160×1080) resolution. The ScreenPad can be used as a second screen in selected applications to make the operation easier.
Coming to the specifications, the laptops are powered by Intel 8th Generation Core processors. The VivoBook S14/S15 comes with up to 16 GB of RAM along with 1 TB of SSD storage. The top-end models will carry NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 with 2 GB of VRAM. The I/O includes one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector, three USB Type-A ports, one HDMI port, one microSD slot, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
The ASUS VivoBook S14 (S432/S431) and VivoBook S15 (S5323/S531) laptops are expected to hit the market in a few months. The pricing has not been revealed yet, but can be expected to be in a mid-to-high price segment depending on the configuration you choose.