Last year ASUS introduced its exclusive ZenBook Pro Duo laptops with a secondary display aimed at creative professionals with performance-hungry color critical workloads. At CES 2020, the company revealed a new iteration of its dual-screen notebook — the ZenBook Duo UX481 — designed for road warriors (or creators in budget) and promising to offer decent performance and battery life in addition to the second monitor.

The ASUS ZenBook Duo model UX481 comes in the company's signature Celestial Blue aluminum unibody and is equipped with a Pantone Validated 14-inch Full HD display with optional touch support and a 12.6-inch auxiliary screen. The latter can be used to run apps designed for the company’s ScreenPad or just extend Windows programs to it and increase useful screen real estate. It will be interesting to find out how significantly will the auxiliary monitor improve performance in productivity applications used by people who work on the go, but at least ASUS believes that this LCD makes sense for the target audience.

Inside the ZenBook Duo machine is Intel’s 10th Generation Comet Lake Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10510U processor (with UHD Graphics) that can be optionally enhanced with NVIDIA’s discrete GeForce MX 250 GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The system comes with up to 16 GB of soldered-down LPDDR3 DRAM as well as a 256GB/512GB/1 TB PCIe SSD. Connectivity wise, we have a fairly standard 2020 laptop here, so it has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 3.2 Gen 1/2 with Type-A as well as Type-C connectors, HDMI, microSD, and a combo audio jack.

ASUS equipped its ZenBook Duo with a 70 Wh battery, but it is rather hard to make predictions about actual battery life of the notebook given its second screen and applications developed for it. As for portability, being aimed at road warriors, the ZenBook Duo UX481 is relatively compact and lightweight for an aluminum 14-incher (especially when an additional screen is taken into account): it weighs 1.5 kilograms and is 19.9 mm thick.

The ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 Laptop
Primary Display General 14-inch
Color Gamut
Features Pantone Validated
Optional Touchscreen
Secondary Display Diagonal 12.6-inch with touch
Resolution ?
Viewing Angles 178˚ (?)
CPU Options Intel Core i7-10510U
Intel Core i5-10210U
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 w/ 2 GB GDDR5
RAM up to 16 GB LPDDR3
Storage SSD 256 GB PCIe 3.0 x2
512 GB PCIe 3.0 x2
1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4
Wireless Wi-Fi Intel Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
USB 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Thunderbolt -
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
Gigabit Ethernet none
Card Reader microSD
Webcam Windows Hello-capable webcam with IR sensors
Fingerprint Sensor none
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 70 Wh Li-Poly
Dimensions Width 32.3 cm
Depth 22.3 cm
Thickness 19.9 mm
Weight 1.5 kilograms | 3.3 lbs
Price various

ASUS will start sales of its ZenBook Duo model UX481 sometimes in the first quarter. The company does not announce pricing of its unique laptop, but it is natural that they will be sold at a premium.

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Source: ASUS

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  • CarBarlos - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    So we're downgrading from a RTX 2060 to a MX 250 because that makes all the sense!
  • Eletriarnation - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    Depending on the application, it does. My manager bought one of the previous model to use as his work laptop. Do you think he needs a 2060 for PowerPoint and WebEx?
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    Probably also alot less noise and increased battery life with a less powerful gpu.

    And considering this looks to be more of an office machine and not gaming laptop its a good trade off.
  • Retycint - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Technically speaking, having a more powerful GPU does not make the battery life any worse when doing office tasks because the GPU remains off during low intensity workloads (graphics-wise). It will be running on the iGPU when using powerpoint/chrome etc
  • smilingcrow - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    Gamers often seem to be very myopic; maybe a result of spending so much time in front of a screen!
  • jordanclock - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    They also dropped the "Pro" moniker, so yeah, it makes sense. This isn't likely meant for gamers and will almost undoubtedly have better battery life in its intended use cases.
  • CampGareth - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    The UX481 is already available in some regions, there are even reviews out. 1920x515 is the resolution of the secondary display. Battery life is apparently really high, like 10 hours of video watching on a loop, no doubt helped by the 10W gpu and 15W cpu. The main upgrade for the CES 2020 version is the main screen has been upgraded to a touchscreen. Price tag in the UK is £1500 to the pro duo's £2500 or £3000 depending on the spec.

    I am waiting for the dual touchscreen variant to be available in the UK before buying but when I emailed Asus support about availability they said "probably before next CES" and nothing more.
  • Rhl2mcm - Sunday, February 9, 2020 - link

    Thank you u are the only one who has answered my question I’m gonna cancel my order for the non touch screen version and will wait for the new one
  • Rhl2mcm - Sunday, February 16, 2020 - link

    Now they told me the model is available with retailers it’s called UX481fly and ux481fal retailers like Currys,amazon,John Lewis and have it but I googled it and it wasn’t there so I asked them for proof and no reply yet
  • CampGareth - Monday, February 24, 2020 - link

    I think Asus's support people are a bit confused. There are two models of UX481 available in the UK, the UX481FA and FL. Neither of these have the optional primary touchscreen. When that shows up I'm expecting it to appear in the US first, possibly with a new model number, which should be some time in Q1 but that's coming to an end soon.

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