ASUS has announced several new products, including a convertible Chromebook and several new graphics cards.
The new ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 is described as a "slim and powerful" 14-inch convertible. It's available with Intel processors up to the Core i7-8500Y, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, expandable with up to 2TB microSD.
The case features all-aluminum chassis design, with diamond-cut anodized edges. The NanoEdge screen has bezels as thin as 5mm at the sides, providing 87% screen-to-body ratio. The 360-degree ErgoLife hinge holds the screen at any position, and automatically tilts the keyboard when the unit is used in laptop configuration. The full-size backlit keyboard provides 1.4mm key travel.
Connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0, one USB Type-A port, and two USB Type-C ports supporting data, external display and power. The 48Wh battery is rated for up to 10 hours on a charge. Weight is 1.45kg.
ChromeOS supports cloud operation as well as Android applications from the Google Play Store. Offline capability allows working on long flights or from other locations without Internet connectivity.
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 will be available in Canada in April. Pricing is to be announced.
Graphics and e-Sports
ASUS has also announced four new graphics cards based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics processor (GPU) chipset. These are aimed at providing a balance of cost and performance, while supporting high refresh rates and low response times.
The ROG Strix offers 6GB of GDDR6 video memory. It uses a new heat spreader using MaxContact technology, topped by new fans using Axial-tech design, to keep temperatures low under load.
The ASUS Dual and Phoenix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards are designed for "nonstop gaming performance." The Dual 1660 Ti uses two fans with IP5X dust resistance. The Phoenix 1660 Ti is smaller, with a single Wing-blade fan, designed for smaller enclosures with limited space.
ASUS has also announced that ASUS Republic of Gamers will be the official PC and monitor partner for al ESL One Powered by Intel e-sports events in 2019.
ASUS notes that ESL One is one of ESL's global flagship circuits, featuring games such as Valve's Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. Dota 2 competition will feature 12 teams battling for the ESL One trophy and a share of the US$300,000 prize pool.
Six events will take place all over the world, kicked off February 22-24 at the Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland. The next tournament will be one of the first major e-sports events in Mumbai, India.
Throughout the partnership, gameplay at the events will be powered by ROG products, and analyst desks will be equipped with ROG Strix Hero II and SCAR II laptops.