We discovered the price of the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold (and it’s not pretty)

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The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a truly amazing vision of the future of laptops, but can its gimmick justify how much it costs?

At an event held in Sydney on August 30, 2022, Asus showed off its latest range of OLED Zenbooks to the assembled media. The Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition, Zenbook 14 OLED, Zenbook Pro 16X OLED, and Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED all looked vibrant and beautiful, but they were forced to play second fiddle to the real star.

The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a remarkable creation. I’ll talk about my initial impressions shortly, but let’s start with the price.

While demoing the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, I asked the Asus employee walking me through the laptop how much it would cost. He responded with the figure of $6,999. I asked twice to double check.

To be transparent, the press release I received after the event simply says “prices and local availability coming soon”. As such, this figure could change in the coming days. Or, in fact, following the media comments.

But this price is not far off what is anticipated in foreign markets, once GST and “Australian Tax” have been considered. (The anticipated US price is around $5,750, which puts the leaked price in the ballpark.)

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What do you get for that price?

The Zenbook 17 Fold sports a stunning 17.3″ OLED display when in tablet form. It offers a 2.5K (2560 x 1920) screen resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It has excellent standby time. response of 0.2 ms and offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz, with Dolby Vision.

Other OLED features such as 70% blue light reduction, 100% SCI-P3 (133% sRGB) color gamut, 500 nit peak brightness, and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio are also available .

When folded, the screen becomes a 12.5″ screen, 1920 x 1280 (3:2) on the top half. The other half can be adjusted using the included physical Bluetooth keyboard, or a virtual keyboard can be displayed on the screen.

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There are 4 microphones and 4 Harmon Kardon speakers, capable of delivering a Dolby Atmos audio experience. It also charges via USB-C with a 65W block, while complying with WiFi 6e and Bluetooth 5. In addition to sporting a 5MP Ai camera with HD infrared and built-in color sensor.

An audio jack and 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports round out the key features.

In terms of power, it’s okay, but not amazing (at this price). You’re looking at a 12th Gen Intel Core I7 CPU, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD storage, and Windows 11 Pro.

It comes not only with the nifty little keyboard but also with a professional looking case.

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Zenbook 17 Fold OLED impressions

Assuming the price matches what was stated at the event, or even close to it, the Zenbook 17 Fold must be something special.

Forks. She couldn’t take her eyes off him. I’m going to put some pictures up on my YouTube channel so keep an eye out for that shortly.

Instead of feeling flimsy or cheap, folding the Zenbook 17 Fold feels sturdy and strong. Asus has stated that the screen can withstand 30,000 openings and closings in press releases, but the Asus rep I spoke with said they have a unit that has done up to 50,000 folds internally, and it still works fine.

When it’s open, you can’t even see the fold line when looking straight ahead. You can make out what looks like a depression (but isn’t) if you look at the impressive side of the OLED display. A kickstand at the back supports the device decisively.

But I also loved how well the system scales from tablet to laptop. Just fold it in half, then drop the keyboard onto the bottom screen and it’s automatic. That is all that is required to convert it to portable mode.

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I look forward to my Zenbook 17 Fold review

I’m impressed with the flexibility and ease of use of what Asus has built in here. I imagine myself watching a movie in 17.3″ mode, then writing my review in 12.5″ mode and loving life. But while it’s amazing, I’m not in a position to jump at that price. Especially given the lack of a dedicated graphics card and a memory ceiling of 16GB.

It is also bulky. Given what Asus has to work with here, the company has done an excellent job. It folds up with the keyboard inside and stores in a large carrying case. But when full, that case is relatively thick and heavy compared to, say, traveling with a Macbook Air and your phone.

I can’t wait to spend more time with this device. I applaud Asus not only for innovating, but for setting such a high standard of quality in what, as of 2022, is speculative technology. But, will the price adjust to the market?


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