With the Vivobook 13 Slate, Asus wants to democratize OLED on laptops. While this two-in-one laptop is equipped with a 13.3-inch OLED screen, the brand had to make some technical concessions to keep the price very affordable.
After televisions and smartphones, OLED technology is about to surge into laptops. More and more models are indeed equipped with OLED panels which offer notable advantages over the LCD such as deep blacks. This element has not escaped the manufacturers and in particular Asus which has decided to put this technology in the spotlight within its Zenbook and Vivobook Pro ranges.
While Apple has chosen the mini-LED for its MacBook Pros, the trend is towards OLED for high-end Windows laptops. Asus, however, stood out earlier in the year by presenting the first ultraportable with an OLED panel at less than 1000 euros. At the end of the year, the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to go even further by bringing this technology to a more affordable machine.
The Vivobook 13 Slate is equipped with a 13.3-inch OLED screen. © Asus
The Vivook 13 Slate hits the market with the label of “World’s first 13.3-inch detachable Windows computer” , with OLED screen therefore. Used to evolving in the 2-in-1 segment, Asus wants to seduce with this new model under Windows 11 which can be transformed into a “tablet”, like the Surface Go 3 from Microsoft. In addition to its starting price (499 euros), the main argument of the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (T3300) is its 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen. In 16: 9 format, the latter displays a Full HD definition of 1920 x 1080 pixels and benefits from Dolby Vision, Pantone and DisplayHDR True Black 500 certifications. Asus mentions a response rate of 0.2 milliseconds and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The PC adds a Dolby Atmos audio system with four speakers.
At Asus, it is explained that the computer has returned to the center of attention of households following the confinements and that it is used in particular to watch content. An observation that has prompted the brand to pay particular attention to the screen and the audio system of a device that wants to go hunting for high-end Android tablets.
Asus is relaunching the concept of an affordable 2-in-1 PC for Windows. © Asus
A lightweight configuration to accompany the OLED screen
Under the hood, the record is a little less impressive. Asus had to make some concessions. The manufacturer’s machine will not titillate gamers or creators, but rather users looking for a machine geared towards lightweight office automation and multimedia. The Vivobook Slate 13 OLED has an entry-level Intel Pentium N600 (quad core at 3.3 GHz) processor with 4 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in eMMC or PCIe SSD format, depending on the version chosen. This latest version, with an SSD, should prove to be faster even if the processor does not evolve. The laptop PC will also be able to look to the side of cloud gaming solutions to convince.
If it is not intended for gamers, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED thinks of cloud gaming. © Asus
Asus adds a 5 Mpx camera on the front and another 13 Mpx on the back of the PC. There are also two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, a 3.5mm jack and a microSD card reader. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 provide connectivity. A 50 Wh battery is on board to offer an autonomy of between 9 and 10 hours in mixed use. A fast charge function via USB-C is in the game, with the possibility of recovering 60% of autonomy in less than 40 minutes.
Price and release date
Asus announces that its Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will be available in France in three versions. The starting configuration, at 499 euros, includes the 4 GB of RAM / 128 GB of eMMC storage version and its stand. It will be available by the end of November.
A second version with a detachable keyboard will be displayed at the same time at a price of 599 euros. Finally, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED in its version 8 GB of RAM / 128 GB of SSD storage (PCIe Gen 3.0 x4), with stand, keyboard, house and Pen 2.0 stylus will be available at a price of 699 euros, always before the end of the month. November.