ASUS is adding a new 16-inch convertible gaming laptop to its ROG Flow lineup, aptly named the Flow X16.
The Flow X16 is a direct sequel to the X13 which was released in March 2022. The X16 has better graphics card options while offering more storage and a more powerful battery.
However, what sets the X16 apart from other gaming laptops is potentially its flexibility. This laptop has a 360 degree hinge that can transform the X16 from a typical clamshell design into a touchscreen tablet where it can sit in different positions.
The X16 can be stood upright with a stand or pitched like a tent, which ASUS says is good for airflow. It weighs just over two pounds and is over an inch thick. Additionally, the touchscreen is made from Corning Corilla Glass, which should make it more scratch resistant.
Speaking of the touchscreen, the X16 sports a Nebula HDR display with Quad HD resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. The screen has a peak brightness of 1100 nits allowing for a bright and high-quality image.
under the hood
Coming back to the hardware, the X16 has several models depending on the processor and graphics card you choose. At its most powerful tier, the X16 can house an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU.
Recent benchmarks show that the 6900H has a base frequency of 3.30 Ghz with a boost of 4.84 Ghz. Although not as powerful as the Intel Core i9-12900H processor, it is still impressive. As for the 3070 Ti, it’s a decent graphics card that performs well, but it’s power hungry. On top of that, the Xi16 has a 2TB SSD and a 90Wh battery, but ASUS neglects to mention the average battery life. All of these powerful gaming components can cause the X16 to run quite hot, so ASUS has created several solutions.
The first is ASUS Frost Force technology, which directs air through the laptop to keep it cool. It also has a third fan that draws heat away from the GPU while reducing noise. There’s also the Pulsar heatsink, which is made up of thin, dense copper cooling fins that draw heat away without restricting airflow.
Currently, there is no official release date or price for the gaming laptop. ASUS will likely release that information later this year. If that’s any indication, the X16’s predecessor, the X13, will retail for around $1,834 on Amazon.
Don’t be shocked if the X16 is more expensive.