Cheaper XPS 15 alternative: Asus VivoBook S15 S532 with 512 GB NVMe SSD and ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $800 USD
Unveiled just over a month ago at Computex 2019, Asus is now ready to ship its next generation VivoBook S15 S532 equipped with an eye-catching secondary 5.65-inch ScreenPad 2.0 touchscreen. The VivoBook series is the mid-range and more affordable alternative to Asus' higher-end ZenBook series which tend to offer both faster Intel H-series CPUs and GeForce GTX graphics. Initial color options include Moss Green, Transparent Silver, and Punk Pink.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the new VivoBook S15 is its relatively low starting price of $800 USD. Users get 512 GB of PCIe SSD storage, a Core i5 CPU, and a unique secondary display that can be found on no other competing laptop other than the pricier ZenBook UX series. In our review of the first generation ScreenPad, we noted the inherent practicality of having a secondary display everywhere you go even though the screen suffered from graininess issues and reduced battery life. Here's hoping that Asus addressed these issues for its second generation outing.
The Asus VivoBook S15 S532 can be found online at Amazon, Newegg, or on the Asus web store here. The official specifications are as listed below.
VivoBook S15 S532FL / S532FA
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-8565U 1.8GHz quad core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.6GHz) and 8MB cache|
Intel® Core™ i5-8265U processor 1.6GHz quad core with Turbo Boost (up to 3.9GHz) and 6MB cache
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||15.6 inch LED backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 16:9 aspect ratio Frameless four-sided NanoEdge display with 88% screen to body ratio 178° wide view technology|
|Graphics||For S532FL: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM|
For S532FA: Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
|Memory||Up to 12GB 2400MHz DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 512GB PCIe SSD|
|Wireless||802.11ac Intel® Wi Fi 5|
|Connectivity||1 x USB 3.1 Type-C™ (USB C™) Gen 1|
1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Combo audio jack
1 x MicroSD card reader
|Keyboard and touchpad||Full size keyboard with 1.4 mm key travel|
ASUS ScreenPad 2.0:
5.65 inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) Super IPS display
178° wide view technology
Glass covered surface for fingerprint and smudge resistance
Precision Touchpad (PTP) technology with four finger smart gesture recognition
|Audio||ASUS SonicMaster with surround sound and smart amplifier technology|
Array microphone with Cortana voice recognition
Certified by Harman Kardon
ASUS Tru2Life Video
|Battery||Fast charge to 60% capacity in 49 min|
42Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
For S532FL: 90W power adapter
For S532FA: 45W power adapter
|Colors||S532FA: Moss Green, Punk Pink, Transparent Silver|
S532FL: Transparent Silver
|Size||7.08 x 14.06 x 9.07 inches / 180 x 357.2 x 230.3 mm|
|Weight||3.97 lbs. / 1.8 kg|
Fremont, California (July 1, 2019) — ASUS today announced VivoBook S15, an ultraportable laptop featuring the innovative ASUS ScreenPad™ 2.0 secondary touchscreen1 that enhances productivity, and five unconventional color-blocking finishes that add a dash of personality to mobile computing to appeal to a younger audience. The sleek metal chassis features unique design touches and includes the ErgoLift hinge design for comfortable typing.
The VivoBook S15 incorporate the new frameless four-sided NanoEdge display design that gives it more compact dimensions, and an immersive viewing experience thanks to an 88% screen to body ratio. Powered by up to an Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 discrete graphics, the S15 also features up to a 512GB PCIe® SSD. It’s also the first VivoBook model to feature an infrared (IR) camera.
Improved productivity with ASUS ScreenPad 2.0
Design that defies convention
The NanoEdge display design provides VivoBook S15 with a more compact chassis footprint. Weighing just 3.97 lbs.3 , it easily slips into a messenger bag or backpack, perfect for users who are constantly on the go.
User friendly features
The built in IR camera offers hands-free face login: advanced biometrics work seamlessly with Windows Hello, allowing users to wake their laptops and log in with a simple look. In addition, Harman Kardon certified audio provides high quality detailed sound second-to-none.
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