Asus teased the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702) at CES at the beginning of this year, but now at IFA it made it official. So what is the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED?
It’s a hybrid device based around a folding 17.3-inch 2560x1920px OLED display of 4:3 aspect (when fully opened) and 500 nits of brigthness. When fully unfolded, it can stand on its own kickstand and work as a monitor – a nice combination for office work, combined with the Bluetooth keyboard.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can also be folded at 120 degrees and used with the Bluetooth keyboard – a way to still enjoy its 17.3-inch display in full – or by making the bottom half of the display act as a virtual keyboard.
Finally, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can be used as a conventional laptop with a magnetically-attachable physical keyboard and only half of its display at 12.5-inch and 1920x1280px.
And if you just fancy a tablet, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can be used in the hand, though at 17.3-inches it is a bit big.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED runs on Windows 11 and is powered by Intel’s i7-1250U processor with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. This is Intel’s 12th-gen hybrid architecture with 2 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores. Graphics are handled by Intel’s Iris Xe. There’s a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD – the latest and fastest storage around.
There are two USB-C ports on the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED – both Thunderbolt 4 with support for both display output and charging, which tops out at 65W. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack.
Inside, there’s a 75Whr 4-cell battery that’s good for up to 9 and a half hours of screen-on time. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED weighs 1.5kg – huge for a tablet but very reasonable for a 17.3-inch device.
Now for the price and availability. The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will be available in Q4 for €3,999/$3,499 in Tech Black. That’s more than two brand new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4’s, mind you!