Computex 2019 | Asus showcases its latest displays - 240Hz included - for gaming notebooks
Asus' demos at Computex 2019 include the ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III gaming notebooks. They are 17-inch models with 240Hz refresh rates and 3-millisecond (ms) latency, which is unprecedented for this OEM. These PCs are demoed alongside others with HDR, 4K, and PANTONE validation for their displays. These machines, then, could definitely be said to be aimed at the e-sports market.
The Taiwanese company has even more to demonstrate this year, however. Its examples of what may be coming soon include AMOLED panels of a 4K UHD resolution - and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Asus asserts that this is twice as fast as the average panel of the same resolution. So far, this tech is to be found in a one-of-a-kind version of the Zephyrus S GX502 at Computex 2019.
This modified Zephyrus also has NVIDIA G-SYNC, 100% Adobe RGB gamut coverage and (again) PANTONE validation. Therefore, this panel may suit creators as well as gamers. Besides this, Asus is also demoing another 4K UHD AMOLED display in a separate Zephyrus S. It has a 60Hz refresh rate - but also has a response time.
of just 1ms. This test panel also has HDR and 100% DCI-P3 coverage. All in all, it seems Asus' notebook display future is bright, clear and color-accurate.
TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 23, 2019 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced new 240Hz
gaming laptops with larger 17-inch displays, along with details on multiple 4K UHD panels set to demo at
Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. The premium panels showcase groundbreaking speed, precision, and
depth of detail that define the future of gaming machines. They push the boundaries of modern
technology, giving everyone from competitive esports players to professional content creators a visual
experience that looks incredibly sharp and feels impeccably smooth.
Only a month after the arrival of the fastest 15.6-inch panel on the planet in the ROG Spring 2019
Collection, the first 17.3-inch 240Hz/3ms display debuted inside the Strix SCAR III and Hero III esports
gaming laptops. Technology demos featuring 4K UHD panels are also scheduled for Computex, including
a 120Hz/3ms option with 100% Adobe RGB coverage and an AMOLED panel with high dynamic range
(HDR). The dueling 4K UHD displays underline the ROG commitment to delivering the best visual
experience, giving serious gamers, power users, and content creators the tools they need to accelerate
their creativity and productivity.
First 17ʺ 240Hz displays
ROG is dedicated to staying at the forefront of gaming laptop display technology, breaking its own high-
refresh records to push the boundaries of speed. In 2016, G752VS debuted a 120Hz display that doubled
the speed of competing laptops while maintaining excellent colors and viewing angles. That led to a
project with chemical giant Merck to develop a new liquid crystal structure capable of supporting even
higher frequencies, resulting in the release of the world’s first 144Hz gaming laptop in the ROG G703
desktop replacement. Beyond speeding up the refresh rate, the 144Hz panel also cut the grey-to-grey
pixel response time to just 7ms, a reduction of nearly 4X over the alternative at the time. By 2018, the
response time dropped to a mere 3ms and spread across a full lineup of ROG laptops.
That spirit of innovation led ROG to demo a cutting-edge 240Hz panel inside Strix SCAR II at CES in
early 2019, setting a new standard for hardcore gaming laptops and portable esports rigs. The same 15-
inch panel rolled out last month across multiple members of the ROG Spring 2019 Collection, including
the new Zephyrus S GX502, Zephyrus M GU502, Strix SCAR III G531, and Strix Hero III G531.
Now, Strix SCAR III G731 and Hero III G731 are the first to bring 240Hz/3ms displays to more expansive
17-inch screens. With up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTXTM 2070 graphics that can push into factory
overclocked territory thanks to ROG Boost, they have enough horsepower to generate triple-digit frame
rates for sublimely smooth gameplay in fast-paced titles and competitive esports.
High refresh meets high resolution
Longtime panel partner AUO has developed a 4K UHD panel capable of refreshing at up to 120Hz
(4K120), which is double the speed of typical UHD displays. ROG is demonstrating this groundbreaking
15.6-inch panel in a modified version of the Zephyrus S GX502 ultraslim gaming laptop.
The 4K120 display underlines the versatility of Zephyrus S for both gaming to content creation. NVIDIA
Technology synchronizes the refresh rate of the display with the frame rate of the GeForce
RTX 2070 GPU to eliminate tearing and smooth over performance fluctuations in normal gameplay. The
3ms response time helps to maintain a clear picture with fast-paced play, and the 400 nit backlight
improves visibility in brighter environments.
On the creative side, artists can draw from a wide gamut that covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space,
a much broader range than standard sRGB. The panel can also be factory calibrated and PANTONE®
Validated to guarantee color accuracy for professionals and content creators.
Full spectrum innovation
Expanding display technology in another direction, ROG is also demoing a 4K UHD AMOLED display
deployed in another Zephyrus S test machine. This configuration has a static 60Hz refresh rate but
features an ultrafast 1ms response time. The HDR display offers a 80,000:1 contrast ratio anchored by
deep, rich blacks. It covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space commonly used in movie production, making
the experimental machine especially appealing for video editing. With eight bits per channel plus two
more via dithering, the display can produce over a billion individual hues.
Because the panel is so lightweight, covering it with a protective layer of glass barely adds to the overall
heft of the laptop. The combination of AMOLED and glass is only slightly heavier than the matte TFT
Versatility on display
Special editions of the newly released ROG Zephyrus S GX531 and GX701 offer HDR displays via
traditional TFT technology. At 144Hz and 3ms, their Full HD panels blend blistering speed with VESA
DisplayHDR 400 certification. Though software support is still somewhat thin due to the lack of a single
API for high dynamic range, these leading-edge displays offer over a billion colors driven by powerful
backlights with local dimming across up to 16 individual zones.
A richly detailed 4K UHD display is also available on ROG Mothership, which joins the HDR Zephyrus
laptops in the ROG booth at Computex 2019. The revolutionary standing form factor is available with a 4K
UHD panel that refreshes at up to 60Hz with G-SYNC. Like in the 4K120 tech demo, the panel covers
100% of the Adobe RGB color space, making it particularly appealing for videographers who want to edit
4K UHD footage natively.
For graphics professionals who work within the standard sRGB color space, the ROG Spring 2019
Collection includes multiple models with factory calibration that guarantees color accuracy. Zephyrus S
GX502, GX531, GX701, and Zephyrus M GU502 can be configured with PANTONE Validated panels,
and all but GX701 are available at speeds up to 240Hz with 3ms response.
See the future of gaming laptop panels
The latest ROG gaming laptops offer serious utility to both competitive gamers and creative professionals.
The lineup currently showing at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1, ROG Booth M0810 showcases
advanced display technologies that raise the bar for gaming powerhouses and hybrid workhorses.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
Many ROG gaming laptops on display at Computex 2019 are available for sale or pre-order today. Check
with your local ROG representative for details about availability, configurations, and pricing in your region.