ASUS ProArt PZ13 detachable laptop brings Windows on ARM to creators on the go

Although Windows on ARM has existed before, the latest iteration of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X processors is coming out in full force to redeem the platform’s previous image. Part of that means having more PC makers on board who are willing to dive head-on into the arena, branding not just more capable silicon but, more importantly, AI-powered features that are all the buzz these days. ASUS, unsurprisingly, isn’t going to be left behind, and it’s bringing all that goodness into the new ProArt PZ13 detachable laptop that offers an ultra-portable form factor aimed to give creators an edge to let their creative juices flow whenever and wherever inspiration strikes them, even if it’s just on their living room couch.

Designer: ASUS

Given the uninspiring legacy of previous Windows on ARM attempts, it’s quite a bold move for ASUS to pitch the platform to one of the most discerning audiences in the market. Artists, designers, and content creators need more than just light, portable devices or long-lasting batteries, they need the performance that will be able to meet the demands of the software they use. At only 9mm thin, weighing only 1.87 lbs, and carrying a large 70Wh battery, the ASUS ProArt PZ13 definitely gets the first two aspects right. The new AI-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon X processor promises to deliver that last and most critical part.

If it wasn’t painfully obvious yet, this processor harnesses the power of AI to boost its performance, particularly with paired with the Windows 11 operating system. It isn’t just your run-of-the-mill AI voice assistant that answers your search queries but a deeper, more encompassing tool that optimizes the system’s operation to save time, power, effort, and other resources. ASUS is also throwing its own AI-powered creation tools, like a StoryCube media hub for organizing digital assets, and a subscription-based CapCut for dynamic video editing. And, yes, Microsoft’s CoPilot is also onboard to make the other menial tasks more efficient as well.

The ASUS ProArt PZ13 comes in a 2-in-1 detachable design that is reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface, complete with a full-width kickstand and a keyboard cover. The 13.3-inch 3K ASUS Lumina OLED touch screen promises to meet the demanding requirements of creators when it comes to brightness, color accuracy, and precision, supporting an optional ASUS Pen 2.0 stylus for creating digital masterpieces. Unlike the existing line of ASUS ProArt laptops, this tablet and laptop in one is clearly designed for mobility, and the IP52 dust and water resistance rating, along with MIL-STD-810H certification, offer some peace of mind when you need to take the device places.

Of course, the real question will be whether Windows 11 on this new Snapdragon platform will perform just as well as on Intel and AMD processors. Early reviews seem to be promising, but the final judgment will really depend on the compatibility of creators’ tools on this still rare combination. The ASUS ProArt PZ13 AI-powered detachable laptop will go on sale sometime in the third quarter of the year, with pricing details to be released closer to the product’s launch.

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