Monday, January 6th 2020

ASUS ROG Announces the Zephyrus G14 and the Zephyrus G15 Gaming Laptops

At this year's CES, the ASUS Republic of Gamers announced the latest additions to the Zephyrus family of ultra-portable gaming laptops. Designed with portability in mind, these laptops are packing a lot of hardware in a body that is less than 20 mm thick. The G14 model is a 17.9 mm thin power-house capable of a lot more than its size would suggest. Packing AMD's latest Ryzen 7 4800HS processor, built on 7 nm "Zen 2" architecture with 8 cores and 16 threads, the G14 laptop is paired with NVIDIA's latest GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory.

The Ryzen processors used in Zephyrus laptops are special edition models, which are configured to run at lower 35 W TDP, instead of 45 W like the regular Ryzen 7 4800HS, with the same performance. This is due to the 6 months exclusive ASUS had on these processors, so they now able to use them in their designs to lower power consumption and improve battery life. This Zephyrus G14 laptop features two 14-inch display options to choose from - one 1080p IPS panel with 120 Hz refresh rate, Pantone validated FreeSync display and one 1440p IPS display that is capable of 60 Hz refreshing and also features Pantone validation with FreeSync technology.
The Zephyrus G15 is a bigger brother to G14, with the only difference being the screen size between the two. Zephyrus G15 features a bigger 15.6-inch display in a 19.9 mm thin body. Being also equipped with the special edition, lower-power AMD's Ryzen 7 4800HS processor with 8 cores and 16 threads, the G15 is more than capable of taking on any task. There are two graphics card options for this laptop, where you can equip it with either NVIDIA GeForce RTX capable 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti, both accompanied by 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. There are also two display configurations - one with non-glare 1080p IPS panel capable of 240 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time, FreeSync and Pantone validation, and also one non-glare 1080p IPS panel that has FreeSync support, however this time the refresh rate goes to only 144 Hz.

Both the G14 and the G15 laptops have a lot of specifications in common. Storage configurations are the same for both models, where you can equip both laptops with up to 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD. RAM options include space for up to 32 GB DDR4 DIMMs running at a maximum of 3200 MHz in dual channel mode. They support the same connectivity solutions with the use of Intel WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0. Additionally, the battery is supposed to be 76 Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion configuration that is advertised to provide 10 hours of battery life according to ASUS, however, we need to see some reviews first before confirming these numbers.

These laptops come with a regular 180 W AC adapter, however a USB-C phone charger is also capable of charging the battery if you are doing some light-weight tasks that don't use too much of your CPU's resources. In addition to regular models, there are special editions of Zephyrus laptops that have configurable LEDs on their backs to make for an amazing light show demo like shown on the pictures above. The LEDs turn off automatically when user switches to battery power, in order to save power. Both the Zephyrus G14 and the Zephyrus G15 will be available some time in Q1 or Q2 this year, as the official launch date is still unknown.
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