The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 with ScreenPad will be available from July, worldwide.
The video below has a great demo of the features of the Zenbook Pro and the ScreenPad. You can see in the slide below the comparison of specs for the new models, which are the Zenbook Pro 15 (UX580) and Zenbook Pro 14 (UX480).
In our brief hands-on with both laptops, we were impressed with the versatility of the different ScreenPad apps. The larger model comes with up to a 15.6-inch 4K UHD panel (3840×2160 pixels) with touch capabilities. There's also an extender mode that allows users to move any open windows from the main display onto the smaller screen. With 178-degree viewing angles, 10-point multi-touch support, ASUS Pen support, and Windows Ink support, the ZenBook S is a versatile device capable of serious work and play. It does have slimmer bezels though, measuring 5.2mm versus the 15.6-inch's 7.3mm bezels. Rather than simply having the laptop just sit on a surface and heat it up, the extra space beneath the ZenBook S allows it to pull in more cool air and expel heat through the hinge. Top-to-bottom, the laptop measures a respectable 0.71 inches thick.
The laptop will come with either an Intel Core i7-8550U or Core i5-8250U quad-core processor, up to 16Gb of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. ZenBook Pro 14 also comes with a discrete GPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Max-Q card. This way you can use the ScreenPad to quickly highlight some text and then tap on the Bold button to bold it. In that way, it isn't entirely unlike the touchbar found on recent MacBooks, only it sounds like the ScreenPad will be a fair bit more capable.
During his presentation, ASUS global PC and phone marketing senior director Marcel Campos said the ZenBook Pro 15 was designed with three kinds of professionals in mind: video makers, photographers and 3D designers. In dual-screen mode, you can even drag a full window from the main display onto the ScreenPad, although the resulting miniaturization is mostly a gimmick rather than a useful feature. ScreenPad has helpful functions that can intelligently adapt to match whatever the user is doing, making it easier and quicker to multitask and get things done. Microsoft Word, for example, will give you text editing tools while Excel will give you Excel tools. The tiny touchscreen can work as a calculator, a music control, your calendar, or a number pad for when you're hard at work on a spreadsheet. Of course, if you don't want to use it - or don't like it - you can just turn it off and use it like a regular trackpad...something you can't do with TouchBar.
The Asus ZenBook S (UX391) mainly stands out with an "innovative new ErgoLift hinge" that aims to improve your comfort while typing for long periods of time.