The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate and its detachable OLED display expected in SA in early 2022

Last night Asus held its Wow The World virtual event to showcase some new hardware. As gas been the case in recent months, OLED is a big focus for the company, especially when it comes to designing devices for creatives and the latest offering in that department is the Vivobook 13 Slate.

This tablet-hybrid, convertible notebook or whatever you wish to call it, features a detachable 13.3″ display akin to a Microsoft Surface Pro and it being billed as take anywhere creative tool by the Taiwanese firm.

“This fun-filled 2-in-1 Windows 11 marvel — the world’s first 13.3-inch Windows detachable laptop —rewrites the rules to make it easier to enjoy everything, everywhere. Now, there’s no need to carry multiple devices for work and entertainment — this multi-talented personal companion does it all, thanks to its brilliant OLED touchscreen and quad-core Intel processor,” enthuses the company in a press release sent to Hypertext. 

So what is it packing?

Let’s start with the aforementioned OLED panel, which serves up FullHD 1920×1080 resolution, along with different specs depending on region availability. The top of the line model boasts a cinema-grade 100 percent DCI-P3 colour gamut, DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification and 0.2ms response time. 

Along with being a display created with graphic designers in mind, Asus says it can also double as a small 13″ OLED TV when needed, being posed via its kick stand.

There’s also a quad-speaker Dolby Atmos sound system housed within the panel, as well as WiFi 6 connectivity and support for a new Pen 2.0 stylus that features 4 096 pressure levels and four swappable pen tips. 

In terms of what powers the Vivobook 13 Slate, an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor is present that can clock up to 3.3GHz. This is paired with up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to a 256 GB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 SSD, along with a 50Wh battery that fast charged via USB Type-C to yield 60 percent capacity in 39 minutes.

How long a fully charged battery lasts though, has not been detailed, so it will be interesting to see how long the 13 Slate OLED can go when detached. 

As for pricing, no local details have been shared by Asus South Africa at this stage, but the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED starts at $600 Stateside. In terms of when the device will land in SA, it is expected in the first quarter of 2022, but a more precise date has not been mentioned yet.


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