CES 2022: ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED With Latest AMD Barcelo APUby Gavin Bonshor on January 5, 2022 3:00 PM EST
With a wide variety of laptops, notebooks, and gaming-focused solutions expected to be announced during CES 2022, ASUS has unveiled that it has updated its Zenbook 14 OLED series for 2022. The AMD version (UM3402) has various features, including AMD's latest 5000U series 'Barcelo' APU, with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, Wi-Fi 6E, 1 TB of PCIe 3.0 x4 storage, and a 14-inch 90 Hz OLED display.
The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UM3402) is designed around the core design of the previous series but has been invigorated for 2022 with updates to the core specifications. ASUS includes a 14-inch 16:10 OLED touchscreen display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution and a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The panel itself has a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut which is Pantone validated, is VESA HDR 500 certified, and has a fast 90 Hz refresh rate. Along the top bezel is a webcam, but ASUS hasn't provided specifications of it at this time.
Some of the finer specifications include AMD's latest Ryzen 7 5825U APU with 8-cores and 16-threads and support for up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X 4266 MT/s memory, with a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 SSD and Wi-Fi 6E/BT 5.2 connectivity. One of the main design aspects of the Zenbook 14 OLED is a 180° ErgoLift hinge, which allows it to be laid out flat while providing power is a 75 Wh lithium-polymer battery.
The dimensions measure 313.6 x 220.6 x 16.9 mm (WxHxD) and weighs around 2.87 lb, making it a lightweight and slimline option for users on the go.
While ASUS offers multiple designs of its Zenbook 14 OLED, the AMD variant (UM3402) is only available in Jade Black. In terms of IO, the Zenbook 14 OLED includes two USB 3.2 G2 Type-C and one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A port, with one 3.5 mm audio combo jack, one HDMI 2.0 video output, and a microSD card reader. ASUS also includes a full-size ErgoSense keyboard with an integrated ErgoSense touchpad, which doubles up as a Numpad.
The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UM3402) will be available in Q2 2022, but ASUS hasn't provided us with pricing at this time.
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abufrejoval - Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - linkAs a tech site, that supposedly doesn't just echo vendor marketing, the least you could do is introduce 'Barcelo' as just another minor revision of Cezanne without any significant change on the CPU or iGPU side of the APU.
Not that Cezanne is a bad chip, it's just been around for a year and a much better known quantity under its old name.
mooninite - Thursday, January 6, 2022 - linkI'll wait to see benchmarks, but due to the DDR5+newer iGPU the Intel version may be better. I was not expecting an AMD Zenbook and was excited to see this article, but after seeing it's still Vega graphics I'm disappointed.
The Hardcard - Thursday, January 6, 2022 - linkThere’s no need to be disappointed. A corner has been turned, there will be many RDNA2 APUs to choose from. There is a market for a budget combo of a decent CPU and a nice screen to work that puts minimal demands on the GPU.
I just ended a multi year wait for my main laptop aspirations, something like this would have really improved my quality of life during that period.
philehidiot - Friday, January 7, 2022 - linkI'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on the touchpad / numberpad combo, For me, I don't think it'd work as I require indexing on the 5 and tactile feedback to operate the numberpad with efficiency but I'd be interested to hear any experience / opinions.