Asus recently updated the Asus ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14, and the Taiwanese company just confirmed that these two productivity laptops will be landing in Malaysia sometime this month. What makes them particularly interesting is their thin and light chassis, and they’re also powered by Intel’s latest 10th generation Ice Lake processors.
Beyond the difference in screen size, the new ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 are basically identical. Both have all-metal chassis that measure only 13.9mm, making them noticeably slimmer than other productivity laptops in the market now. They are lightweight machines as well: the ZenBook 13 tips the scales at only 1.07kg, while the ZenBook 14 weighs 1.13kg.
Despite the slim profile of these ZenBook laptops, their connectivity options are surprisingly complete. They have two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, a USB-A connection, an HDMI output, and even a microSD card reader. However, oddly enough, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, though a dongle for it is provided.
Port selection aside, the new ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 are very sleek machines too, thanks to the small bezels surrounding their displays. In the case of the ZenBook 14, it has a screen-to-body ratio of 90%; very respectable. The ZenBook 13, on the other hand, is rated at 88%.
Interestingly, these two laptops can be configured with a power-efficient 1W display to further improve battery life. Despite the low-power nature of the panel, it can get quite bright: the screen can go up to 450 nits for the ZenBook 13, and 400 nits for the larger ZenBook 14.
Speaking of which, how good is the battery life of these new ZenBook laptops? Well, both of these machines are equipped with a 67WHr battery, which promises to 22 hours of use on a single charge. According to Asus, the charging rate of these two laptops are quite impressive too: they can supposedly charge up to 60% in 49 minutes.
Powering the ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 are none other than the latest 10th generation Intel processors. These include the Core i7-1065G7 – the range-topping option – the Core i5-1035G1, and the Core i3-1005G1 chips. It’s worth noting that the ZenBook 14 can also be configured with AMD’s excellent Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, but we don’t know exactly when this variant will be introduced in Malaysia.
Nonetheless, we were told by Asus Malaysia that the AMD-powered ZenBook 14 will eventually make it here.
As for the Intel-powered Asus ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14, they will be launched in Malaysia sometime this month in July. We’ll find out then just how much these two productivity laptops will cost here.