Asus updates the processor in the ZenBook Pro 15. But instead of the brand-new Tiger Lake-U, the manufacturer relies on the tried and tested Intel Comet Lake-H.
10th generation Intel processor
The hardware experts from Asus rely on updated processors for the new edition of their professional Ultrabook. Now the manufacturer is donating the Intel processors of the 10th generation. But why isn’t the 11th generation in the form of the Tiger Lake-U used? One reason could be the limited number of cores that Intel’s newest processors have.
An exotic among the new introductions
Surprisingly, the ZenBook Pro 15 is the only new introduction from Asus that does not rely on Intel’s Tiger Lake-U. Asus can’t use the brand new Ultrabook-APUs from Intel, because their TDP is limited to 15 watts. Conversely, the proven Comet Lake-H probably still offers better performance. Buyers of the ZenBook Pro 15 can choose between the Intel Core i5-10300H or the Core i7-10750H. The stronger processor offers a maximum clock speed of 5.0 GHz. However, the old processor generation also has disadvantages. Especially the weak Intel UHD Graphics 630 can’t lure anyone out from behind the stove these days. All the more understandable is Asus’ decision to use a dedicated graphics chip. Here you can choose between different variants. The maximum graphics performance is achieved with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, which offers 4 GB VRAM.
OLED is possible
With the ZenBook Pro 15, Asus is obviously making a nice premium package again for all those who are looking for a powerful Ultrabook. Optionally, a high-contrast OLED touchscreen with a resolution of 4K is even possible. With the thin screen edges, which measure just 4 mm, the design of the ZenBook Pro 15 is very modern. In terms of memory, up to 16 GB are possible. In terms of storage space, the maximum you can choose is an SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4 M2) with 1 TB of storage space.
Less connections than the rest of the family
Among other things, Asus’ new introductions could shine with many modern connections. This can probably be traced back to the use of Tiger Lake-U. Conversely, you have to do without Thunderbolt 4 on the ZenBook Pro 15 and get a Thunderbolt 3 connection. In addition, Asus also installs a USB-A port, an HDMI port and a microSD card reader. With just 1.8 kg, the ZenBook Pro 15 is relatively light despite its size. This is just as conducive to ease of transport as the 96 Wh battery. Asus hasn’t yet revealed how long the latter should last.
Price and availability
Even if the newest processors are denied, future owners of the ZenBook Pro 15 can be happy about the Asus ScreenPad. This 5.65 inch touchscreen serves as a trackpad and offers some practical features. When and at what price the ZenBook Pro 15 will be released, we don’t know yet. But we will keep you up to date.