Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 with 97 percent screen-to-body ratio now shipping for $1399
It's only been half a year since we reviewed the Asus ZenBook S UX391 and now Asus is ready to ship a successor. The ZenBook S13 UX392 will be even smaller than its predecessor while offering a larger 13.9-inch display for an insanely high screen-to-body ratio due to its 2.5 mm thick "frameless 4-sided NanoEdge" display.
Our table below summarizes the main differences between the UX392 and UX391. Aside from the usual CPU update from Kaby Lake-R to Whiskey Lake-U, the UX392 throws in a MicroSD slot that was omitted from the UX391. Furthermore, the larger 1080p-only display promises to be brighter and with deeper colors. Most everything else remains identical to the UX391 including the 50 Wh battery, GeForce MX150 GPU, single M.2 PCIe x4 storage bay, and 8 to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
Interestingly, Asus has decided to drop Thunderbolt 3 support on the UX392 even though it was a feature on the UX391.
The Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN-XS71 with 8 GB of RAM can be found online for $1400 while the UX392FN-XS77 SKU with 16 GB of RAM can be found at Micro Center stores for $1500. Asus first unveiled the laptop at CES 2019.
As usual, expect our review on the new system in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see if the unit ships with the slower '1D12' GeForce MX150 GPU or the faster '1D10' variant.
|Asus ZenBook S13 UX392||Asus ZenBook S UX391|
|CPU||Core i7-8565U||Core i7-8550U|
|GPU||GeForce MX150||GeForce MX150|
|Display||13.9-inch IPS FHD|
2.5 mm bezels
97 percent screen-to-body ratio
100 percent sRGB
|13.3-inch IPS FHD|
5.9 mm bezels
85 percent screen-to-body ratio
90 percent sRGB
|RAM||8 to 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz||8 to 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz|
|Ports||2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2|
1x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen. 2
1x 3.5 audio
|2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 + Thunderbolt 3|
1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 1
1x 3.5 mm audio
|Battery||50 Wh||50 Wh|
|Dimensions||12.9 x 316 x 195 mm||12.9 x 311 x 213 mm|
|Weight||2.4 lbs||2.24 lbs|
|MSRP||$1399||$1149 (as of this writing)|
ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392)
|CPU||8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U|
|Display||13.9” LED-backlit IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) glossy screen |
2.5mm-thin bezel with 97% screen-to-body ratio
100% sRGB color gamut
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce™ MX150|
|Memory||8GB or 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz|
|Storage||512GB PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSD|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth® 5.0|
|I/O Ports||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (10Gbps)|
(support fast charging, data transfers and display connectivity)
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (10Gbps)
1 x microSD
1 x Audio combo jack
|Audio||2 x high-quality stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology and Harman Kardon certification|
|Security||Touchpad-mounted fingerprint sensor|
|AC adapter||Plug Type: Type-C|
Output: 20V, 3.25A, 65W
Input: 100 -240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
|Dimensions||12.9 x 316 x 195 mm|
|Weight||Approx. 2.4 lb|
Asus press release
Fremont, California (April 15, 2019) — The ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392) is available today. A true combination of beauty and power, this ultraportable delivers performance and portability into an impossibly small chassis. Its 13.9-inch FHD frameless four-sided NanoEdge display is the most impressive to date, featuring the world's slimmest bezels and 97% screen-to-body ratio¹, the largest of the industry. With NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 discrete graphics, and the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ quad-core processor, ZenBook S13 pushes the boundaries of what’s possible inside a 13-inch chassis. There’s ample space with 512GB of PCIe® x4 SSD storage, and the 50Wh battery provides up to 15 hours of battery life².
The world’s slimmest display bezel and 97% screen-to-body ratio
The world’s thinnest laptop with discrete graphics3
Processing performance is paired with upgraded graphics capabilities made possible by the NVIDIA GeForce MX150. To get the most out of the CPU and GPU, ample storage is required. With ZenBook S13, large media files and burgeoning PowerPoint decks don’t have to vie for space or face cold cloud storage when installing new applications because up to a 512GB PCIe x4 SSD maxes out ZenBook S13 on storage speed and capacity.
Squeezing more components into the same 12.9-mm thick package as the first ZenBook S required a bit of ingenuity from the ASUS engineering team. To ensure no space was wasted, the metal chassis is CNC-milled from a block of aluminum, allowing the lid to be carved out, complete with the complex cuts surrounding the keyboard, without creating any unnecessary voids. Machining allows the walls to remain thinner while still leaving enough material in key areas to avoid sacrificing strength, and shaving thickness in any area means more room for the components.
Power and beauty
One of the most striking changes for the ZenBook S13 is its visual appearance. It now comes in trendy Utopia Blue, a totally new hue. The subtle silvery blue makes it stand out, while the paler color shows off the signature concentric Zen ripples on the lid beautifully. Utopia Blue offsets the Rose Gold accents and diamond-cut edges for an added touch of elegance.
With no compromises on connections, ZenBook S13 offers the convenience of standard USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port on the side. Lots of super slim laptops only provide USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) ports, making this connection type a rarity, but it’s extremely useful for plugging in USB drives along with other peripherals that haven’t yet made the jump to the more modern USB-C. In addition to its standard USB port, ZenBook S13 has two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ ports, with up to 10Gbps of peak interface bandwidth4.
Either can be used to hook up to an external display or charge up the battery. The 50Wh battery is enough to provide up to 15 hours of use, and if need be, fast charging brings support for powering up quickly on the go. The USB ports are joined by a 3.5-mm audio combo jack allowing utilization of any choice of headset, and a MicroSD card slot is provided for quickly pulling photos and videos off of a variety of devices.
1As of January 7, 2019, based on internal ASUS market analysis comparing screen-to-body ratio and width of ZenBook S13 side bezel with competing products from vendors including Acer, Apple, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung.