Asus ZenBook Pro Duo with 4K display & ScreenPad lands in SA in July

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When Computex 2019 wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, one of the big themes of this year’s event was dual screens, as many manufacturers debuted notebooks touting more than one display.

One such offering was the ZenBook Pro Duo from Asus, which expands upon a design feature that they showcased last year – namely placing a display-wide ScreenPad Plus below the main screen of the notebook for multitasking and increased real estate.

Late last week we got the chance to see the new offering in-person (although it was a pre-production model), with Asus revealing a bit more information about the configurations, pricing options and availability of the flagship ZenBook Pro Duo in the process.

To that end a 14″ and 15.6″ model will be landing locally, but we’ll be focusing on the latter, particularly as it is the higher specced and more expensive of the two.

In the regard the main 15.6″ display and 14″ ScreenPad Plus tout 4K resolutions. They’ll also be available in Windows 10 and Pro orientations, with the latter likely lending itself to the multitasking functionality that Asus has been talking up with the ZenBook Pro Duo.

As for the rest of the powerful notebook, a choice of either Intel Core i7 or i9 (9980HK) processor available, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM) taking care of the graphics and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM available. On the storage side of things up to 1TB PCIe (x4 SSDs) are present.

If that sounds like an impressive array, it is, and as expected is not going to come cheap, with Asus listing a starting recommended retail price of R47 999 for the UX581 setup of the ZenBook Pro Duo. Dion Wired is also confirmed as one of the retailers stocking the notebook in July, although a precise date of availability is not mentioned at this stage.

Either way, there’s very little time to save up for this latest ZenBook from Asus.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.