Today at Computex, Asus launched Zenbook Pro 15 with up to Intel i9 processor. The laptop is heavily inspired by Apple at least when it comes to providing an alternate solution to the touchscreen laptop devices. This is basically a Touchbar reimagined but this time it is from Asus. Asus calls this thing as ScreenPad.
Asus and Microsoft worked together to do a better implementation of the technology in the device Microsoft’s productivity apps such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are in closer integration with ScreenPad and will offer some convenience there to the end user.
ScreenPad is a Windows Precision Touchpad(PTP) combined with an interactive 5.5-inch FHD touchscreen that can intelligently adapt to what you are doing, making it easier and quicker to multitask and get things done.
The original Touchbar from Apple were received poorly because it was just a Touchpad and yes there was hardly any app support for that. Although it is difficult to predict whether this will ever be a thing in near future or not. But one thing is for sure that with more and more devices coming with a Touchbar or ScreenPad or whatever, we will be seeing more and more developers optimizing their Apps for it to take full advantage of this Screenpad.
- Comprehensive connectivity includes up to gigabit-class 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, and standard HDMI output.
- Up to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i9 hexa-core processor, with up to 16GB of high-performance 2400Hz DDR4 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
- Up to gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU for graphics performance
- Fingerprint sensor support for signing in effortlessly with Windows Hello
- 15.6-inch NanoEdge 4K UHD ultraslim-bezel touchscreen with PANTONE validation for professional color accuracy