Flip phones are becoming more popular every year, but what about something bigger? We’ve already seen some laptop-sized PCs with foldable screens, and now ASUS has its own version: the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED.
ASUS today revealed the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (model UX9702), which the company says is the world’s first PC with a 17.3-inch foldable OLED display. The middle hinge can be folded down to create two 3:2 1920 x 1280 displays and is designed to withstand 30,000 open-close cycles. ASUS says the display panel is PANTONE Validated for color accuracy and has 100% DCI-P3 gamut, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz.
The PC is designed to be used in several different modes: as a giant tablet, a laptop with a Bluetooth keyboard, or a laptop with a virtual keyboard on the bottom half. ASUS added a few software features on top of Windows 11 to make it all work, like the company’s ScreenXpert 3 app for window management. ASUS also includes an ErgoSense keyboard in the box with a built-in touchpad, which can be placed on top of the bottom panel.
ASUS also used high-end components for the internal hardware, including a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB PCIe SSSD, a 75-watt-hour battery (charged via USB type C) and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. There’s no USB Type-A connector, though, so you’ll have to break out adapters.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED starts at $3,499 and will be available globally in Q4 2022. There are a few early reviews: CNET called it “an example of conspicuous consumption, probably best left to free-spending CEOs and social media influencers,” while windows center he said “it may sound strange on paper, but after unboxing, you start to understand the potential”. cabling has posted exclusive photos of design prototypes, if you want to see how ASUS built the laptop.