Last year we saw ASUS ROG bringing back the small 14-inch laptop form factor. But what if it can be even more smaller?
The new ROG Flow X13 is just that. Its screen size is an inch smaller at 13 inches. It’s small, lightweight and can be plugged into a new external GPU housing.
Specs-wise it’s pretty decent, but not standard. An AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU and an Nvidia GeForce 1650 powers it. You can get the ROG Flow in either at 120Hz, or at 4K resolution display, both using 16:10 aspect ratio.
What makes it a 2-in-1 convertible is that the Flow X13 has a 360-degree hinge. It can be folded all the way into tablet mode, or used normally in laptop mode. The screen is a touchscreen covered by Corning Gorilla Glass. It can also be charged by a USB Type-C adapter at 100W.
On its own the ROG Flow X13 is an okay gaming laptop, but if you need extra performance (and USB ports) it can be plugged into the new ROG XG Mobile.
The eGPU, as the Mobile in the name implies, also pretty small and lightweight. It’s only 1kg at measurement of 155 mm (D) x 208 mm (W) x 29 mm (H). It can still fit an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, however. For cooling, it uses vapour chamber.
The XG Mobile uses a custom PCIe 3.0 x8 interface faster than Thunderbolt (at 43Gbps) to connect to the Flow X13.
There are four USB Type-A ports, 1 full-sized SD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet port, Displayport 1.4 and HDMI 2.0a. The XG Mobile has an integrated 280W power adapter.
No price and availability has been announced yet, but given that the last small gaming laptop from ROG made it to Malaysia, chances are this may get a release here too.