Cheryl Kahla
Deputy Online News Editor
2 minute read
10 Jan 2022
8:20 am

World’s first 17-inch foldable laptop showcased at CES 2022

Cheryl Kahla

The touchscreen is where the magic happens: it folds in the middle to create two seamless displays.

Photo: Supplied

In a world where computing is ubiquitous and everyone is always-on, always-mobile, and always moving across devices, ASUS’s new foldable laptop provides an immersive experience unlike any other.

ASUS showcased their latest lineup of innovations at the Incredible Unfolds, a CES 2022 virtual launch event, and the star of the show was the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED.

World’s first foldable 17-inch laptop

Heading the presentation, co-CEO Samson Hu said ASUS “has always been about the incredible”, and the team behind the innovative new lineup didn’t disappoint.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold

The Zenbook 17 Fold is the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable laptop, and features a “boundary-pushing design”, thanks to the PANTONE foldable OLED touchscreen.

The 2.5K touchscreen is where the magic happens: it folds in the middle to create two seamless 1920 x 1280 displays.

Couple the foldable screen with the full-size ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad, and you have a PC, a laptop, and a tablet all in one.

The device also features several new AI-powered features, as user-presence detection, an integrated colour sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness, and a 5MP webcam with noise reduction technology.

foldable laptop asus zenbook 17 CES 2022
Photo: ASUS/CES 2022

Power under the (foldable) hood

All of that is powered by the latest 12th Generation Intel Core i7 U-Series processors, as well as an Intel Iris Xe graphics card.

You’ll also find two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports which support fast charging of the 75Wh battery and connections to external displays. 

It ships with Windows 11, supports Wi-Fi 6E, and has 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and 1TB of solid-state memory.

The only downside is that the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold isn’t available yet. You’ll have to wait until mid-2022. The price point will be revealed in due course.

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Photo: ASUS/CES 2022

CES 2022 a success despite Covid-19

The CES tech show in Las Vegas closed its 2022 edition on Friday, after pushing ahead with a significantly downsized gathering despite surging Covid-19 cases.

While industry behemoths like Amazon and Google stayed away due to the Covid-19 risk, more than 2,200 firms in attendance still pitched their hopes for the next big thing.

A French startup showcased a technology which detects the signals that zip between the brain and certain muscles – in order to use them to operate connected devices.

And no tech event would be complete without Boston Dynamics making an appearance.

The four-legged dystopian Black Mirror-like robot dogs are back and they’re going to the metaverse.

READ MORE HERE: CES 2022: Robo-dogs, brain tech, and foldable laptops [VIDEO]

Additional reporting by AFP.