ASUS ZenBook S13 Specifications, Review and Price – This PC has more cool features like Webcams (or front-facing cameras) which are basically the only thing holding us back from having all bezel-less devices. Phones introduces notches and now the Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 has introduced the webcam tab (our branding, not Asus’). The new UX392 Ultrabook is notable for several reasons when compared to the competition. First, its webcam notch is a unique approach to narrowing the bezels without impacting the original position of the camera. Second, the system offers a larger 13.9-inch screen in a form factor that’s the size of most narrow-bezel 13.3-inch Ultrabooks. Lastly, its trademark ErgoLift hinges have a distinct visual style that further differentiate the ZenBook series from other Ultrabooks.
Rather than digging into the 13.9-inch screen, the ZenBook S13 has achieved a nearly bezel-less display by extending part of its frame to accommodate the webcam. Aside from that nearly all screen face, the ZenBook S13 is an astonishingly thin laptop that still rocks full-on Intel Core I-series processors and even discrete graphics.
Design and Style
The device has a sleek aluminium body, sturdily built with components fitting perfectly in and on its 12.9 mm (0.5 inch) thick chassis which weighs just 2.4 pounds.
And though some compromises had to be made to achieve such slim architecture on the ultrabook, ASUS still managed to fit in a full-sized USB 3.1 port on the ZenBook S13 in addition to two (2) USB-C ports, a micro SD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.
On the rear, the aluminium body of the ZenBook S13 comes with the concentric circles peculiar to ultrabooks from the company’s ZenBook S series. The circles are reflective as they shine when exposed to light, adding to the ultrabook’s aesthetic properties.
There’s a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello authentication built into the touchpad. The keyboard is made of decently sized keys with a key press of 1.4mm.
When you open the ZenBook S13 lid, the bottom dashboard/deck that houses the keybpard and touchpad is made of diagonally brushed aluminium which adds to the aesthetical properties of the ultrabook.
ASUS ZenBook S13 Key Specs
- Dimension : 31.6 x 12.9 x 1.95 centimetres (12.4 x 5.08 x 0.77 inches)
- Weight : 2.4 pounds
- Display : 13.9-inch Full HD display with 97% screen-to-body ratio
- CPU: 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8265U or Intel Core i7-8565U processors
- Memory Space: Up to 16GB DDR3 2,133MHz RAM
- Storage: Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU
- Battery: 50Whr battery
Ports : 1 x USB-A 3.1, 2x USB-C, 1 x microSD slot and a headphone jack.
The ASUS ZenBook S comes with a 13.9-inch Full-HD display which extends fully to the tiny frame of the laptop. Usuauly, what contributes to the thickness of a laptop’s bezels is the need to fit in a webcam at the top of the display (or anywhere).
To solve this problem, ASUS created an extension solely for the webcam at the top of the ultrabook’s display. This extended frame also doubles as the “lid opener” which enables users easily lift up the lid when closed.
The surrounding bezels on the laptop’s display measures only 2.5mm, handing the ZenBook S13 a 97% screen-to-body ratio. Though the ZenBook S13 misses out on a 4K UHD display like the
ZenBook S and ZenBook Pro 15 , its FHD display will perform decently enough.
Processor, Storage and Graphics
Performance-wise, the ZenBook S13 is just as good as it is beautiful. Sporting the latest 8th Gen Intel Whiskey lake processors, buyers can choose to customize the ZenBook S13 with either a Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U CPU. Per graphics, ASUS says users will be able to choose an optional Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU.
Memory on the ZenBook S13 will max out at 16GB (of DDR3 2,133MHz RAM) while storage will reach up to 1 Terabyte (of PCIe NVMe SSD). With this internal hardware configurations, nothing short of nippy and snappy performance is expected of the ZenBook S13.
The ZenBook S13 comes with a 50Whr battery which ASUS claims can supply 15 hours of usage time. While the projected battery life might be true (on paper) as the manufacturer claims, you should however expect between 8-11 hours in real-world. Might be shorter or longer depending on usage intensity of the portable machine.
Price and availability
This laptop’s greatest competitors will be the Razer Blade Stealth, as it’s an ultra-thin laptop rocking discrete graphics for $1,599 (£1,499, AU$2,779). As at the time of writing this article, ASUS had not officially affixed a price to the ZenBook S13 UX392. As for release date, ASUS says the ultrabook will be available in the coming months i.e later in 2019. The newly announced Huawei MateBook 13 also a strong competitor that asks for a humble $1,299 (about £1,025, AU$1,830). Asus will have to price its laptop competitively.