The Asus VivoBook S13, S14, S15, VivoBook 14, 15, and VivoBook Flip 14 are now available with Intel Tiger Lake chips
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Now that Tiger Lake is upon us, it is only a matter of time before the chips start flexing their muscles in some pre-builts and laptops. Not wanting to miss out on the hype train, Asus has refreshed several VivoBook models with Tiger Lake chips. The price and availability are unknown, but Asus says it will reveal it in the coming weeks.
Little has changed with Asus's 2-in-1 VivoBook Flip 14, other than the noticeable Tiger Lake refresh. CPU options remain identical, with the choices ranging between Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. One has to use Intel's shiny new Xe graphics card, as there is no option to add a dedicated GPU. Up to 16GB of RAM can be added along with 1TB of solid-state storage. It also comes with Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, opening up the possibilities for a host of applications like expansion docks and external GPUs. As the name somewhat indicates, the notebook comes with a 14-inch touchscreen panel that allows it to double up as a tablet. Asus is even throwing in a stylus (Asus Pen) for free with every purchase.
Asus has also refreshed its VivoBook S line of notebooks with new hardware. The VivoBook S13, S14, and S15 are now Tiger Lake-ready. CPU, GPU, and memory configurations are identical to that of the VivoBook Flip. However, there is an option to add Intel Optane memory to the existing storage for a performance boost. Lastly, all three notebooks will come with Thunderbolt 4.0 ports. Everything else, including the battery capacity, screen size, and I/O options, appears to be the same.
With the 'slim and light' VivoBook S series receiving a Tiger Lake makeover, it is quite apparent that regular VivoBooks will receive the same treatment. The VivoBook 14 and 15 can now be configured with Intel's latest silicon. Memory and storage limitations are mostly the same as other VivoBooks. Asus lets you mix and match SSDs and HDDs to strike a perfect balance between storage and performance. However, the notebooks now come with a Wi-Fi 6 antenna, allowing for significantly faster data transfer speeds with compatible routers. Some of the higher-specced ZenBook's features appear to have trickled down to the VivoBook 14 and 15. Both notebooks now come with an integrated Numpad on the trackpad. It can be switched on and off via software.