ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the ROG Flow X13, the first 2-in-1 convertible ROG gaming laptop, disclosing that in Q2 2021 there would be a Flow 13 Supernova Edition coming along, with an innovative ultraportable external GPU- ROG XG Mobile that augments the Flow X13’s gaming performance and connectivity.
The Flow X13 delivers powerful hardware in an ultraslim 13-inch body with up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HS CPU (5980HS in the Supernova Edition) and dedicated GeForce® GTX 1650 GPU. A 360° hinge maximizes touchscreen viewing and interaction, quickly flipping from laptop mode into positions for gaming, drawing, and presenting with a 16:10 display in Ultra HD 4k resolution with richer detail.
Slim and lightweight, the Flow X13 is only 15.8 mm thin and 1.3 kg (2.9 lb). It runs at full power with a lightweight 100W USB Type-C adapter, and its battery provides up to 10 hours of video playback. A textured exterior with a wave-like design adds style while providing a secure, fingerprint-resistant grip for easy carrying. The Flow X13 further stands out by seamlessly integrating with a new class of external GPU (eGPU) that adds power and flexibility in an ultraportable form factor coming out in Q2 2021.
The Flow X13 has a slick convertible design with a 360° hinge that allows users to use different modes for different tasks. Standard laptop mode is optimal for serious gaming and multitasking. Tablet mode makes it possible to swipe through content or draw and take handwritten notes with a compatible active stylus like the ASUS Pen. The touchscreen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, which resists scratches from everyday use.
The 360° hinge also enables stand mode, which brings the display closer to the user, and tent mode, which minimizes the device’s footprint. These positions give the cooling fans more unobstructed access to airflow, lowering temperatures by up to 8 degrees.
Up to an AMD Ryzen CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads provides the performance needed for demanding workloads. The Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors feature a new “Zen 3” architecture backed by a large on-chip cache up to 20 MB. The HS designation indicates chips that have a 35W power envelope tuned for ultraslim chassis but are capable of scaling up to 54W when thermal and power headroom allow. A special Flow X13 Supernova Edition will be available with the top-of-the-line Ryzen™ 9 5980HS, which scales up to 4.8 GHz on a single core.
Gaming to go
The Flow X13 incorporates a GeForce® GTX 1650 GPU capable of hitting clock speeds up to 1255 MHz at 35W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost, with the ability to draw an additional 5W via Dynamic Boost, enabling strong performance in the latest games.
Flow X13’s versatility extends to 4K Ultra HD detail, which is factory-calibrated to meet the PANTONE® validation standard for color accuracy. While Adaptive-Sync synchronizes the panel’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate to reduce lag, minimize stuttering, and eliminate visual tearing, gamers can also enjoy an edge-to-edge displays boast a taller 16:10 aspect ratio with more space for toolbars and tabs.
For more comfortable typing and gaming, the Flow X13’s edge-to-edge keyboard design incorporates a full-sized, desktop-style layout into its compact chassis. The ErgoLift hinge raises the back of the keyboard as the system is opened for a better typing angle.
The keys feature curved caps and a 1.7 mm travel distance, further improving comfort. N-key rollover ensures multi-key inputs are registered accurately at speed, and tasteful white backlighting makes every key easy to find in low-light environments.
The Flow X13 also provides ample connectivity, including a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port that supports both Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4. An HDMI 2.0b port allows another display to be connected. A USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port is ready for gaming mice or gamepads, and a 3.5 mm jack accommodates headphones or headsets.
ROG XG Mobile
The new ROG XG Mobile introduces a streamlined design that offers an innovative new way to bring desktop-class gaming performance to an ultraportable form factor.
With the 2021 Flow 13 Supernova edition coming in Q2 2021, the innovative ROG XG Mobile incorporates up to a powerful GeForce RTX™ 3080 GPU connected directly to the CPU via a custom PCIe® 3.0 x8 interface that’s faster than Thunderbolt 4. A dedicated USB 3.2 Gen 2 link feeds an I/O hub with extra connectivity, while an integrated 280W AC adapter powers both the XG Mobile and Flow X13, removing the need for users to carry an additional power brick. Together, the Flow X13 and XG Mobile redefine what’s possible with a 13-inch device, empowering users with versatile portability while providing desktop-class gaming performance and connectivity on demand.