Asus on Wednesday launched its ultra-portable VivoBook S15 model in India at an event held in New Delhi. In addition, the Taiwanese company also introduced its ZenBook UX430 model in India. Both the laptops highlight Asus' NanoEdge display, which essentially is a narrow bezel-less display giving a screen-to-body ratio of about 80 percent. The laptops are also coupled with the latest Intel's eighth generation Core processors inside. The Asus VivoBook S15 and ZenBook UX430 belong the premium laptop segment at starting prices of Rs. 59,990 and Rs. 74,990 for the base variants, respectively.
Starting off, the most talked about feature of both the laptops is the bezel-less NanoEdge display as the company likes to call it. The VivoBook S15 comes with 15.6-inch full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) 178-degree wide view display that has a 7.8mm bezel - giving it a 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. The laptop has an aluminium chassis with metallic gold finish at just a 17.9mm thickness, and weighs just 1.7kg. It is powered by up to eighth-generation 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-8550U processor with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and coupled with an Nvidia MX150 GPU. Note that these specifications are for the top end variant of VivoBook S15. The base variant however features an eighth-generation Intel Core i5i5-8250U processor, the same one available at a price of Rs. 59,990.
The Asus VivoBook S15 packs in both 1TB HDD storage and 128GB SSD storage onboard. For connectivity, you get a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, HDMI port, Bluetooth v4.2, and dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac). It measures 361x243.5x17.9mm, and weighs 1.7 kg. Asus claims that the battery packed inside the laptop can be charged up to 60 percent within 49 minutes via fast charging method, along with a battery life of up to 8 hours on normal usage. The laptop also comes with a fingerprint scanner with support for Windows Hello and a backlit keyboard for use during dark environments.
Coming to the ZenBook UX430, it also packs the same NanoEdge bezel-less Full-HD (1080p) display but with 14-inch in size. The display has a matte anti-glare surface and gives you a brightness of 300 nits with a 100 percent sRGB colour gamut. The ZenBook UX430 is powered by up to eighth-generation 2.1GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. It also features the same Nvidia MX150 GPU for gaming and other graphic needs. The laptop is just 15.9mm thick and weighs 1.25kg that's suitable for its portability. It has a sandblasted metal keyboard surface for a premium look and speakers powered by Harman Kardon, along with Asus' Smart Amp amplifying technology.
The Asus VivoBook S15 will start being available to purchase from October 1 on both offline and online channels at a starting price of Rs. 59,990, whereas the ZenBook UX430 is currently available to buy from both offline and online mediums at a starting price of Rs. 74,990.