Asus’ VivoBook 13 Slate is a removable laptop with an OLED screen

Asus is known for immersing itself in unconventional form factors, and its latest experiment is no exception. The VivoBook 13 Slate OLED is a 13.3-inch Windows tablet with an OLED screen and a removable keyboard that starts at $ 599.99.

OLED screens are unusual, though not uncommon, in the removable form factor. Asus claims that it can display 1.07 billion colors, occupies 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color spectrum, and has a response time of 0.2 milliseconds. It is said to have levels of blue light “up to 70 percent lower than an LCD display” (although many modern LCD PCs also have technology to reduce blue light).

However, instead of framing the Slate as almost a tablet for artists, Asus seems to push it as an entertainment device. The company emphasizes that the 16: 9 aspect ratio of the tablet “provides a full-screen viewing experience” (which in principle is the only thing that 16: 9 screens are good at).

The Slate OLED is also shipped with a stylus, the Asus Pen 2.0, which attaches magnetically to the chassis.

The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED stood horizontally on a red desk next to a small stack of books with the keyboard attached.  The screen displays the Asus Vivobook OLED logo on a multicolored background.

Here it is with the keyboard.
Image: Asus

Sure, $ 599.99 is an affordable price when it comes to OLED products. It is also a surprising one for removable Windows laptops. A decent model of the Surface Pro 8 as an iPad Pro would be close to twice the price, and that is not including keyboard and stylus (which are bundled in the price of the VivoBook 13 Slate OLED).

OLED screens are becoming more common on 13-inch and 14-inch laptops across the board. Samsung announced in January that it would soon begin mass-producing OLED panels on laptop size and actually began production in September. The new Samsung panels will be seen on a number of Asus releases from 2021. Shoppers can now also find smaller and more affordable OLED devices from other manufacturers, including Lenovo’s Duet 5 removable Chromebook.

The VivoBook 13 Slate OLED will be available in December.

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