Asus refreshes the budget Vivobook 13 Slate OLED-based convertible with Intel Alder Lake-N processors
The affordable Asus VivoBook 13 Slate convertible that packs a premium OLED display will soon receive a processor upgrade. Back in 2021, Asus was launching the first Slate 13 model powered by Intel’s modest Pentium Silver N6000 processors. The 2023 model will include the new N200 and Core i3-N300 processor options based on the Alder Lake-N budget solutions.
No updates on the OLED display side. Asus will be offering the same high-quality 13.3-inch 1080p 60 Hz touchscreen found on the 2021 model along with the proprietary Pen 2.0 featuring 4096 levels of pressure. Highlights for the OLED include a maximum brightness of 550 nits with support for Dolby Vision HDR and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. The chassis on the 2023 model will be slightly thicker (9 mm vs 8 mm) and a bit heavier (800 g vs 780 g). It also comes with a detachable keyboard that weighs ~500 g (2.87 lbs total weight).
Apart from the new processor options that include the N200 quad-core with 6 W TDP plus the i3-N300 octa-core with 7 W TDP, Asus is also upgrading the RAM specs from LPDDR4X to LPDDR5 (8 GB maximum), and the storage solution includes either up to 256 GB UFS 2.1 or up to 512 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD. Users can expand storage capacity via the included microSD card reader.
Port selection remains the same with 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 and an audio jack, while the wireless connectivity side gets a slight upgrade from Bluetooth 5.0 to 5.2. The front camera is now 1080p rather than 5 MP, but it also gets an IR sensor for biometric login. Asus did not provide any details for the rear camera. Presumably, it would feature at least a 13 MP sensor like the 2021 model. Other features include a quad speaker setup and a 50 Wh battery with 65 W fast charging.
Availability and pricing info will be provided at a later date. The 2021 model started at US$599, so we could expect similar prices for the new generation.