ASUS finally announces concrete launch date for Zenbook 17 Fold OLED
It seems that ASUS is on the verge of offering the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, a foldable laptop that it presented in January 2022. Unveiled at CES 2022, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED appeared to be the second mass-produced foldable laptop after the ThinkPad X1 Fold, the second generation of which Lenovo has already started teasing. Initially, ASUS hoped to release the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED by the middle of the year, which has now passed.
Instead, ASUS has confirmed the device's introduction for August 31 at 12:00 UTC. Presumably to be shown in a livestream event, ASUS has hinted that it will also showcase the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED at this year's IFA congress, which runs between September 2 and September 6. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen how much the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will cost, nor whether it will be available outside Europe and North America. If the original ThinkPad X1 Fold is anything to go by, then the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will be considerably more expensive than all but ASUS' most powerful gaming laptops.
To recap, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED relies on the Intel Core i7-1250U, a 15 W part from the Alder Lake-U series. Also onboard is a 75 Wh battery, 16 GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 4 ports and WiFi 6E connectivity. Overall, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED should be more usuable than the ThinkPad X1 Fold, which relied on Intel's shortlived Lakefield architecture. You can read more about the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in our corresponding launch article.