Asus details two more slim ZenBooks with 7th-generation Intel processors

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In addition to adding the ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA laptop to its online portfolio earlier this week, Asus quietly introduced the ZenBook UX430 and ZenBook UX530 laptops, the company’s thinnest ZenBooks to date measuring in at 0.62 inches. The UX430 model sports a 14-inch screen while the UX530 version has a 15.6-inch screen, but otherwise the hardware differences between the two Asus ZenBooks are rather small.

For starters, there are two variants of the UX430 model: the UX430UA and the UX430UQ. Here are their specs:

Screen size: 14 inches (in a 13-inch-class chassis)
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 at 60Hz
Color gamut: 72 percent NTSC
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor: Intel Core i3-7100U
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel Core i7-7500U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Nvidia GeForce 940MX w/2GB VRAM (UX430UQ only)
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4 at 2,133MHz
Storage 128GB SATA 3 SSD
256GB SATA 3 SSD
512GB SATA 3 SSD
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Audio: 2x two-watt speakers
Harman Kardon certification
Battery: 50 Watt hours
Webcam: HD camera (optional on the UX430UQ)
Keyboard: Chiclet-style with optional backlighting
1.4mm key travel
Ports: 1x microphone/headphone combo jack
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 2.0
1x Micro HDMI
1x SD card reader
1x Gigabit Ethernet port
1x Fingerprint reader (on select UX430UA models only)
Size: 12.75 x 8.85 x 0.62 inches
Weight: 2.75 pounds
Colors: Royal Blue with NIL coating
Rose Gold with NIL coating
Quartz Grey
Shimmer Gold

As the specs show, the only real difference between the two UX430 units is that the UX430UQ has an additional discrete graphics chip provided by Nvidia, which should be fine for graphics-intensive applications and low-resolution PC games. On the other hand, the UX430UA provides a fingerprint scanner for jumping into Windows 10 with a simple touch, but only on select configurations.

Like the UX430 laptop, the larger UX530 comes in two molds as well — the UX530UQ and the UX530UX. Again, they are very similar to the smaller UX430 duo, but offer a few more choices thanks to the increased physical space. Unfortunately, the UX530 units are not listed online as of this story’s publication, so all we have to go on is the press release distributed by Asus on Thursday.

That said, here is what we know so far:

Screen size: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 at 60Hz
Color gamut: 72 percent NTSC
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor: Intel Core i3-7100U
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel Core i7-7500U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Nvidia GeForce 940MX w/2GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 w/2GB GDDR5
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4 at 2,133MHz
Storage 128GB SATA 3 SSD
256GB SATA 3 SSD
512GB SATA 3 SSD
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Audio: 2x three-watt speakers
Harman Kardon certification
Battery: 50 Watt hours
Webcam: HD camera
Keyboard: Chiclet-style with optional backlighting
1.4mm key travel
Ports: 1x microphone/headphone combo jack
2x USB 3.1 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI
1x SD card reader
1x Gigabit Ethernet port
1x Fingerprint reader
Size: 14.17 x 9.68 x 0.66 inches
Weight: 3.59 pounds
Colors: Royal Blue with NIL coating
Quartz Grey

With the UX530, there are two discrete graphics options and an additional full-size USB 3.1 port. Obviously, the larger screen makes this model slightly thicker and heavier although not by much. However, the UX530 will be sold with two fewer available colors than the smaller UX430 units. Overall, all four models are powered by the same 50-Watt hour battery given that Intel’s seventh-generation processors sip very little energy when in use.

Of course, customers won’t be able to configure these ZenBooks to fit their needs. Instead, Asus will ship all four units in various configurations when they become available in the second quarter of 2017. Pricing is unknown for now, so stay tuned.

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