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Asus trims ZenBook S bezels in stylish update

Thomas McMullan
7 Jan 2019
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The ZenBook S13 has a 97% screen-to-body ratio, and might just be the thinnest laptop with discrete graphics

Asus says the 2.5mm bezels on its ZenBook S revamp are the “world’s slimmest”, giving its 13.9-inch screen only a hairbreadth border. All the more room for the ZenBook S13’s display to show off its vivid colours and eye-catching brightness.

Portability is the name of the game with the ZenBook S13. The laptop’s impressive 97% screen-to-body ratio packs plenty of screen into its chassis, and the whole thing weighs close to one kilogram. Measuring just 12.9mm thick, Asus says this is the thinnest laptop available with discrete graphics.

Those graphics are powered by an Nvidia GeForce MX150, if you decide to opt for one. The ZenBook S13 also houses an 8th Gen Intel Core quad-core processor, up to 1TB of PCIe x4 SSD storage and a 50Wh battery, which should give you up to 15 hours of battery life.

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The svelteness of the bezels are broken by a small lump around the top edge, needed to house an in-built webcam. It might make a slight bulge, but this housing for the camera sensor does double up as something to grip onto when opening the laptop.

Elsewhere on the ZenBook S13 you’ll find two USB 3.1 Type-Cs and one full-size USB 3.1 port; not bad when you consider this is all being squeezed into such a thin laptop.  

Asus also launched its ZenBook 14 at CES 2019, which doesn’t come with super-slim bezels but is still a sleek and portable machine with a 14-inch full-HD IPs display and the choice of GeForce MX150 or Intel integrated graphics.

The company hasn’t officially given prices for either laptop, although several outlets are reporting that the ZenBook 14 will be sold in the US starting at $750 (£587). Both are expected to be released in the coming months.

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