Asus Zenbook Pro has a 'smartphone' screen for a touchpad

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At Computex 2018, Asus announced the new VivoBook Pro 15 and Vivo Book Pro 14 series laptops that come with a second display, that sits right on top of the touchpad.

The Asus ZenBook Pro has always strived to offer a balance between price and performance, but its appearance settled upon the relatively mundane. The new range includes the ZenBook Pro 14 and ZenBook Pro 15 that feature a touchscreen trackpad called ScreenPad, promises to increase the laptops' multitasking possibilities. Unveiled at Computex, the new ZenBook Pro's ScreenPad joins other alternative input methods like the Logitech Craft keyboard, Microsoft Surface Dial, and Apple Touch Bar as a means other than the keyboard and cursor for controlling specialized apps.

The press event also included a special sneak peek at Project Precog, a brand-new concept device and the world's first convertible dual-screen notebook equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) features. ASUS kept a larger bezel on the bottom, in part to house the display electronics, but also to give you something to hold onto that's not the screen when used in tablet mode. The new ZenBook S comes with stunningly innovative design featuring an unique ErgoLift hinge that automatically tilts the keyboard by 5.5° for the ultimate typing comfort.

Other than the ScreenPad, the ZenBook Pro is a powerful, beautifully designed tool for demanding users like photographers and video editors.

Both the VivoBook S15 and S14 are lightweight Windows 10 laptops and they will arrive in a slew of colours options. The VivoBook S15, S14 and S13 are exceptionally powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors.

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The 2018 Zenbook Pro series from Asus features a touchpad/touchscreen hybrid.

ASUS today also announced VivoBook S15 (S530) and S14 (S430), S15 and S14 are powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics. According to an Asus spokesman, placing these controls under your fingers-such as a slider to adjust the line width or tint-is more intuitive and easier to control than it would be on the main touchscreen.

The Processor is Intel's fastest mobile model, the overclockable i9-8950HK with six cores and 12-threads. Connectivity is high-end too, with up to802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi connectivity, second-generation USB 3.1 type-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB type-A, and standard HDMI ports. Perhaps the highlight of the notebook is that it comes with an 89 per cent screen to body ratio. The improvement in the speaker that Asus has made in its ZenBook Pro is exceptional and remarkable. Since it a convertible notebook, it has four distant modes - Stand, Book, Tent, and Flat.

The 15-inch model is indeed a beast - but there's also a 14 inch that dials down the specs a little, but offers far better portability.