Asus never fails to announce at least a couple of extraordinary devices at CES, and this year is no different. The company has developed several dual-display laptops over the past few years — and the upcoming Republic of Gamers Zephyrus Duo 16 looks to be its most powerful.
The updated design pairs a 16-inch main display with a secondary 14.1-inch touchscreen and up to 4K resolution. Called the ROG ScreenPad Plus, the touch panel rises from the body on redesigned hinges when you lift the lid. It stops at a 13-degree angle to meet the bottom of the main display and, since it’s just about bezel-free, it looks like one large display when viewed head-on. The angle makes it easier to see without craning your neck, while also giving it better circulation for keeping things cool.
The top of the Duo 16’s 14-inch display flows into the bottom of the 16-inch main display.
Asus will have two display options available for this model. The first is a Nebula HDR QHD-resolution panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 165Hz refresh rate. It uses a mini-LED backlight capable of hitting a blinding peak brightness of 1,100 nits and covers 100% P3 color space. It’s DisplayHDR 1000 certified and the mini-LEDs allow for precise local dimming.
The second option is a ROG-exclusive Dual Spec panel. Co-developed with BOE, it lets you choose between viewing at 4K with a 120Hz refresh rate or 1080p at 240Hz. For gamers, this means you can have both a fast 4K display and a faster esports-caliber display in one laptop. Plus, a MUX switch so the discrete graphics can bypass the integrated graphics to reduce latency.
And since this laptop is meant for gaming and content creation, it’ll be filled with top-end components. Configurations go up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX series processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti mobile graphics. It’ll also have up to 32GB of DDR5 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe Gen 4 solid-state storage.
Pricing wasn’t announced, but given its predecessor’s price topped $3,000, you should expect a similar price for the Duo 16. Asus said it’ll be available some time in the first quarter of 2022.
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