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ASUS Launches ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 w/ Intel Core i9-10980HK & NVIDIA RTX Super GPUs

ASUS today launched the Intel variant of its new ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 gaming laptop featuring NVIDIA’s RTX 20 Super GPUs and a 4K G-Sync IPS display. The core feature of the Duo 15, however, is the secondary touch display between the main screen and the keyboard.

ProcessorIntel 10th Gen Comet Lake i9-10980HK
Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake i7-10875H
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Operating systemWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
DisplayMain Screen: 15.6” PANTONE Validated, supports Microsoft Hybrid Graphics / G-SYNC switching
– 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz Adobe 100%, non-touchscreen
– FHD IPS 300 Hz sRGB 100% 3 ms, non-touchscreen
ScreenPad Plus: 14.09” – UHD (3840 x 1100) IPS 60 Hz NTSC 72%, touchscreen
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz onboard, plus 1 x SODIMM slot up to 32 GB (supports up to 48 GB total)
Storage2 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe), PCIe 3.0 x4 512 GB / 1 TB, supports RAID 0
KeyboardBacklit chiclet keyboard, supports n-key, per-key with 1.4 mm key travel
Audio2 x speakers, ESS + Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification, supports smart amplifier, Nahimic Sonic Studio + ISST
Microsoft Cortana (far-field mic array)
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth2×2 multi-antenna WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, DisplayPort 1.4, TBT, PD input 20 V/3A;output 5 V/3A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (right)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (Bottom)
1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0b support)
2 x audio jack: mic-in & headphone, plus mic-in
1 x RJ45 LAN
Battery90 Wh
Power Supply240 W power adapter
Supports USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 up to 65 W
Size36 x 26.8 x 2.1 cm
Weight2.4 kg

Under the hood, you get to choose between Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7-10875H and the i9-10980HK, both eight-core CPUs. On the GPU side, there’s the RTX 2070 Super and the 2080 Super, both 4K capable graphics solutions. For memory, you get 16GB DDR4-3200MHz RAM out of the box, with the option to add as much as 32GB more for a total of 48GB.

For a device packing an octa-core i9 part running at 5.3GHz and a desktop-grade RTX GPU, the laptop is surprisingly slim with a width of just 2.1 cm and a weight of 2.4 kg. ASUS is also using faster DDR4-3200MHz RAM for its flagship ROG device.

To keep the beastly processors in check, the ROG engineers have also opted for liquid metal for the best heat conductivity. These will be the first laptops to leverage this little trick that’s mostly limited to enthusiast DIY setups. The 83 fin n-Blade further complement this.

There are ample options for both content creators and gamers. The 300Hz display with G-Sync support should satisfy the most hardcore eSports fans while the 4K IPS screen with a 100% Adobe RGB color gamut coverage will be more than sufficient for creators.

As for storage, there are two options: a 512GB SSD or a 1TB SSD, both NVMe based. There is also a 2×2 multi-antenna WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 adapter for the best connectivity. Doubling down on portability, ROG is also including support for Type-C charging via USB Power Delivery. This lets you keep the full-sized power adapter at home for reduced luggage.

The Intel powered ROG Zephyrus laptops are set to land in the coming months, most likely after the the Renoir devices.

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