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New ASUS laptop replaces trackpad with multi-function touchscreen

/ 06:49 PM June 05, 2018

Image: ASUS official website

ASUS’ new laptop has done away with the traditional trackpad and replaced it with a multi-functional touchscreen display.

Unveiled at the 2018 Computex IT convention in Taipei, Taiwan, held from June 5 to 9, the ZenBook Pro 15 laptop caught visitors’ attention due to its unusual touchscreen, which replaced the traditional laptop trackpad.

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The company labeled the feature as the ScreenPad, according to the product website. It enables additional functionality to laptop users, on top of navigation. Users can choose between functions like a calculator, music player, calendar and keyboard NumKey. The ScreenPad can also be re-purposed as an extension of the laptop’s main screen. It’s essentially something like a dumbed-down smartphone attached to the laptop.

Image: ASUS official website

Apart from the fancy gimmick, ASUS positioned the Zenbook Pro 15 as a high-spec creativity device. It has 4K UHD resolution on its 15.6-inch touchscreen display and packs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 gigabytes of GDDR5 VRAM graphics processor. The laptop can also be configured for an 8th-generation Intel Core i9 CPU, 1TB of SSD storage and 16 gigabytes of RAM.

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The laptop also comes with an ASUS Pen stylus.

The company plans to release the laptop by mid-July for a starting price of $2,299 (about P120,000).  /ra

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