Asus is working on an inexpensive 13-inchLaptop with removable OLED screen

Asus is working on an inexpensive 13-inchLaptop with removable OLED screen

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  • The screen covers 133 percent of the sRGB color space and 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is impressive for a laptop in general and is on par with other OLED laptops. In our tests, the latest OLED-equipped Dell XPS 15 covered 98.7 percent of DCI-P3. The 13.3-inch screen has a 1920×1080 resolution. Enlarge / The 13.3-inch screen has a 1920×1080 resolution.

  • Asus has revealed a new laptop with a 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen that can be removed. Laptops with OLED displays aren’t uncommon, but the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED stands out owing to its size and affordability. The two-in-one comes with a stand that allows you to raise it up at an angle of up to 170 degrees, either horizontally or vertically. Asus is promoting the PC as an entertainment device, even referring to it as “your OLED TV.” This piece of marketing is a bit of a stretch given the display’s size of 13.3 inches. The 1920×1080 screen, on the other hand, has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is ideal for modern shows and movies.

Asus was sure to include a collection of fancy certifications. Most importantly, the device uses VESA’s DisplayHDR True Black 500, which means black levels can’t be brighter than 0.0005 nits, the “lowest level that can be effectively measured with industry-standard colorimeters,” according to VESA. There’s also Dolby Vision HDR support, Pantone certification for color accuracy, and TÜV Rheinland for low blue light levels (Asus claims the levels are as much as 70 percent lower than in an LCD panel). The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED can hit 550 nits of brightness, which is plenty for a screen this small and pretty good for an OLED laptop. For comparison, Dell’s current XPS laptops with OLED screens max out at 400 nits.

When it arrives in December, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will start at $600 with 4GB of LPDDR4X memory and 128GB of eMMC storage, PCWorld detailed. That makes it well-priced for a Windows detachable. The Microsoft Surface Pro 8, for example, starts at $1,100 and doesn’t use OLED (although the screen is faster at 120 Hz). Meanwhile, Dell’s non-detachable XPS 13 with OLED starts at an MSRP of $1,583.59 as of this writing.

But Asus notes there will be times when you won’t even need all those nits. “For example, in the living room environment (usually illuminated at about 100 lux), you only need 177 nits brightness in an OLED display to produce the same clear image as 400 nits brightness in an LCD display. At the lower brightness levels needed on OLED displays, there’s less harmful blue light emitted,” the company notes on the PC’s product page. Of course, a dimmer screen means a longer battery life. According to Asus, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will last up to 9.5 hours before needing a charge.

Detachable OLEDs are becoming more common, though. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 offers a detachable OLED screen, but you’ll have to settle for Chrome OS. You can currently find it for $500, but based on Lenovo’s initial announcement, it should eventually start at $430.

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