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ASUS Announces Refreshed ROG Zephyrus S and Strix Scar/Hero III Gaming Laptops

ASUS has announced refreshed models of its popular ROG Zephyrus S (GX531/GX701) and ROG Strix Scar/Hero III (G531/G731) gaming laptops.

ROG Strix Scar/Hero III (G531/G731)

It’s hard to call the new Strix Scar/Hero III models refreshes as they now feature an all-new chassis that was designed in collaboration with the BMW Designworks group. The new design, which comes in Gunmetal Grey or Midnight Black, features a wrap-around light bar and tenkeyless RGB backlit keyboard.

The new models also introduce a new feature by ASUS called the Keystone, which is an NFC-based storage device that is capable of several functions such as storing gaming profiles or encrypted data on a shadow drive.

Internally, the new Strix Scar/Hero III will be equipped with 9th generation Intel Core processors and GTX Turing GPUs. It’s unclear whether the new models may also come with RTX GPUs. The 15-inch G531 will also be available with a 240Hz/3ms display while the 17-inch G731 variants may come with a 144hz/3ms screen.

ROG Zephyrus S (GX531/GX701)

While the ROG Strix Scar/Hero III received an all-new design and updated internals, the refreshed Zephyrus S (GX531/GX701) keeps the changes internal. Both models will now feature 9th generation Intel Core processors as well as NVIDIA GTX Turing GPUs.

The bigger update though is that the GX531 will now be available with a 240Hz/3ms display panel option while the GX701 will get a 144Hz/3ms DisplayHDR 400 option.

Pricing and Availability

No information on pricing, available, and exact SKUs/specifications for the all the new Zephyrus S or Strix Scar/Hero III laptops have been announced so far but we’ll probably hear more on them in the coming weeks.