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15-inch variant of the Ryzen 4000-powered Asus ZenBook UM425IA laptop could be in the works

The Asus ZenBook 14 UM425IA packs Ryzen 4000 power in a compact case. (Image source: Asus)
The Asus ZenBook 14 UM425IA packs Ryzen 4000 power in a compact case. (Image source: Asus)
There has been a hint that Asus could be working on a 15-inch variant of the ZenBook 14 UM425IA laptop that comes with a choice of either an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor or an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU. The Asus ZenBook 14 UM425IA has been praised for its great display, compact build, and system performance.

It appears there could be a 15-inch version of the Asus ZenBook 14 UM425IA laptop in the works, thanks to a hint dropped by an Asus representative on the OEM’s Twitter account. A comment of “will a 15 inch version come out this year” was offered in response to the company posting a promo video of the ZenBook 14 (UM425), and this was met with a reply of “Stay tuned!” accompanied by the winking face emoji.

So the likelihood of an Asus ZenBook 15 laptop with AMD’s recent Renoir chips appearing in the not too distant future seems quite strong based on this Twitter response. No further information was given, so it’s not known if it would be simply a larger variant of the current ZenBook 14 UM425IA offering the same Ryzen 5 4500U or Ryzen 7 4700U APU options, or if the OEM would risk going for a Ryzen 4000 chip that offers simultaneous multithreading (SMT) like the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.

Being a larger form factor, a potential Ryzen 4000-powered Asus ZenBook 15 could also offer greater connectivity options, such as an audio jack connection. The current ZenBook 14 UM425IA comes with 8 or 16 GB RAM and 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB of storage provided on a PCIe NVMe SSD. Buyers can choose between a 250-nit anti-glare screen and a brighter 400-nit option for the thin and light laptop, which comes with an unusual glass-covered touchpad/NumberPad combination input device.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-08-17 (Update: 2020-08-17)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.