Asus threw all of its craziest ideas into the latest 13-inch convertible laptop called Asus Flow X13. It will one of the first to feature a Ryzen 7 5800HS CPU up to the Ryzen 9 5980HS. It will also come equipped with a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, although Asus does not specify if it will be a Max-Q, Max-P, or even Ti variant.
However, it will have a 35 W TDP to suggest that it will be similar to the one found on the Razer Blade Stealth. It will also sport liquid metal cooling, an 8 core, 16 threaded AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU, vapor chamber external graphics, and a 16:10 120 Hz Gorilla Glass touchscreen.
The second characteristic feature of the laptop is its special ROG XG Mobile external GPU dock. The tiny dock measures only 208 x 155 x 29.6 mm and it houses a non-removable mobile GeForce RTX 3080 GPU using vapor chamber cooling and an active fan. Additionally, the dock integrates I/O ports and is able to recharge the laptop simultaneously.
The concept of the Flow X13 and ROG XG Mobile dock is intriguing. Although it will require a proprietary connector meaning that the dock will not work on any laptop other than the Flow X13.
On the other hand, the special connector offers a wider PCIe x8 bandwidth while all current Thunderbolt-based eGPUs are limited to PCIe X4. Asus also claims that Flow X13 users can squeeze more performance out of its external RTX 3080 as compared to Thunderbolt solutions with the same GPU.
The Flow X13 and ROG XG Mobile dock will launch prior to the end of this quarter with prices TBA. The dock will be sold separately and as a package with the laptop.