The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate is a Surface rival with OLED

Asus has recently released a slew of devices with OLED displays, such as the excellent Vivobook Pro 16X. The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED continues that trend and focuses on entertainment and productivity. Asus even says that it is not necessary to carry multiple devices.

The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet in the same vein as Microsoft’s Surface line. It features a fully detachable keyboard and stylus support. Although, unlike the Surface, the computer comes with a keyboard instead of being sold separately. It even has an adjustable cover stand with a 170-degree hinge.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Hero recording.

Obviously, with OLED in its name, Asus really wants you to notice the screen. It’s a 13.3-inch 1080p display that can cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and reach a maximum brightness of 550 nits.

In addition to Dolby Vision certification, it is also DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified, so watching HDR content should be fun. Finally, Asus says the screen has 70% less blue light than an LCD screen and a response time of 0.2 milliseconds.

Sticking with the exterior, there’s a four-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos, which Asus claims is up to 3.5 times louder than a standard amp. There is a five-megapixel front camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Vivobook Slate also features “AI Noise-Cancelling Audio”, which should make those Zoom calls sound clear.

To round out the chassis specs, there are two USB-C ports, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot and an optional fingerprint sensor on the power button. Speaking of power, the company claims a 60% charge in 39 minutes.

Productivity and content creation seem to be a huge aspect of the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. The included Asus Pen 2.0 uses the Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0 and has up to 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels. There are four interchangeable nibs to mimic different types of drawing pencils.

The pen charges itself via USB-C and adds functionality when paired via Bluetooth, such as taking screenshots. Adobe enthusiasts will enjoy the free month of Adobe Creative Cloud that comes with the tablet.

On the inside, the tablet has modest specs that should suffice for most people. There’s a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N6000 with a 3.3GHz processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage or up to 256GB of PCIe SSD storage. In particular, these are low-power components for a premium Windows device, which compare more directly to the Surface Go 3 in price and performance.

Obviously this isn’t a gaming powerhouse, but Asus does point to cloud gaming with Wi-Fi 6 and the included free month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

As if the focus on content creation wasn’t enough, Asus is rolling out “Artist Editions” of the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. The company teamed up with Steven Harrington and Philip Colbert to design two versions of the tablet that reflect their respective art styles. These will be available in early 2022.

According to Asus, the standard Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will launch “sometime in December” with a starting price of $600.

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