CES 2021: ASUS Unveils New ROG Flow X13 Convertable Gaming Notebookby Gavin Bonshor on January 12, 2021 1:40 PM EST
At the all-digital CES 2021 event, ASUS has unveiled a brand new convertible 14" gaming laptop, the ROG Flow X13. The Flow X13 can harness the power of AMD's Ryzen 9 5980HS mobile processor, with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, with a flippable 360° touch screen.
The ASUS ROG Flow X13 represents an interesting segue into the gaming capable convertible space. Some of its most notable design aspects revolve around the 13.4" display, which has a 16:10 aspect ratio, with support for both touch and stylus input. The screen is coated with robust Corning Gorilla Glass, supports adaptive sync, and includes Pantone color validation. In terms of specification, the panel will be available with either 1080p 120 Hz or at 4K.
One of the biggest features includes its ability to convert into four different configurations on the fly, including a regular laptop, tablet, tent, and stand modes. Looking at the internals, the ROG Flow X13 will support up to and including the Ryzen 9 5980HS mobile processor, with up to and including NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics. ASUS also states that it will be using AMD's top binned CPUs for this model to ensure the best performance and highest quality silicon.
Another claim from ASUS is that the ROG Flow X13's battery can hold out up to 18 hours, with 10 hours of expected battery life during continuous video playback. It comes supplied with its new 100 W USB Type-C PD charger that can charge an empty battery to 60% in around 39 minutes.
ASUS hasn't revealed when the ROG Flow X13 will be available to buy and hasn't supplied any pricing information.
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Valantar - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkWait, what? Asus, of all companies, decides to launch a laptop that ticks essentially every single box for me? What? Taller than 16:9? Check. Decently capable GPU but still portable? Check. Convertible with pen input? Check. AMD APU? Check. 120Hz Adaptive Sync? Check.
The design is admittedly clunky, but this looks VERY interesting.
Also, Gavin (or anyone else on the AT team): any word on what that dock-looking thing with the weird proprietary connector in the gallery is? I see a C14 power plug, several USB ports, Ethernet, DP and HDMI. Is that Asus' proprietary eGPU interface, and is that a portable eGPU? Is that where the 1650 lives?
Omar Daal - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkI'm a little suspicious of the reporting here- I have googled around, and everyone has called it a convertible... but there are no pictures of it folded back as such. It seems like Asus would have included that with the released photos if were really a convertible, no? I also saw a picture of it on a display (I thought CES was all digital this year?) in laptop position.
JustAnotherPCEnthusiast - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkIf you look at the photo of the backside of the screen you can see the hinge design, its definitely a convertible. Not sure why they didn't bother to put up photos in that config though.
Also, the photos show a webcam at the top of the screen which is nice given Asus is still leaving it off the G15.
riccardik - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkif you want the 100% proof linus from ltt just flipped it lol
Omar Daal - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkbut did it still work afterwards???!? Not quite convinced yet ;)
klv12gcn - Thursday, January 14, 2021 - linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGYVLBLKUPo
Around 05:50 these is a picture of it doing just that.
I have no idea where he got that picture from, though.
Prestissimo - Monday, January 18, 2021 - linkI really hope this gets Gorilla Glass 6 screen coating for better impact resistance.
cigar3tte - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkIf it's under 3lb, sold!
leo_sk - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkYeah, its the Asus' proprietary egpu interface. Dave Lee gave a look on these on his channel. Worth checking out if you are interested
Valantar - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - linkThanks! That does indeed look pretty interesting, though the RTX 3080 version is _way_ out of my price range. If they launch something like an RTX 3060 version, or sell the laptop without the dock though ... I might just need to scrape some money together.