During the new CES 2021 digital event, ASUS lifted the lid on its new updated Zephyrus G15. Designed for gaming, the ROG Zephyrus G15 includes multiple configurations, with a 15.6" screen with either a 1080p 144 Hz IPS or 1440p 165 Hz panel AMD's next-generation Ryzen mobile processor.

ASUS has updated ROG Zephyrus G15 with some notable features, including a new 90 Wh battery with a 200 W AC charger. Still, it can be used with its 100 W Type-C charging adapter, which is available separately. ASUS advertises a 10-hour battery life. In terms of size, the ROG Zephrus has a depth of 19.9 mm and weighs just 1.9 KG, which is quite svelte for a gaming notebook.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 2021 in Moonlight White

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus can be had with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 SDAM, with AMD's upcoming next-generation Ryzen Mobile processors, and NVIDIA's next-generation RTX mobile graphics. Storage options include either a 512 GB or 1 TB NVMe based PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 drive, with a choice between a 1080p 144 Hz IPS or 1440p 165 Hz with 100% DCIP-3 color reproduction and up to 400 nits of brightness.

There are plenty of connections, including two USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, a DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0b video output pairing, as well as a single 3.5 mm combo port and an RJ45 port with an unspecific networking controller. ASUS does, however, include a Wi-Fi 6 capable interface with support for BT 5.0 devices. Built into the G15 is a trio of microphones with three modes (Cardioid, Omni, and Stereo), six integrated speakers, with a 20% bigger touchpad than the Zephyrus 2020 G15 model. 

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 2021 in Eclipse Gray

ASUS hasn't said when it intends to launch the ROG Zephyrus G15 2021 model, but it's likely to coincide with an AMD announcement on its Ryzen 5000 H series mobile processors. The ROG Zephyrus G15 will also be available in two different colors, Eclipse Gray and Moonlight White.

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  • MattMe - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - link

    No ThunderBolt 4, no USB 4. Shame.
    Otherwise I might be interested in this.
  • ZoZo - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - link

    You also need quite the confidence to bring out a notebook without a webcam in an era of social distancing, and with working or studying from home becoming more mainstream.
    Who buys an expensive laptop just for gaming?
  • ZoZo - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - link

    Also, even just for gaming, some people like to stream, and not all streamers feel the need to use studio-level cameras just to show their face on the bottom corner of a screen.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - link

    I'm no gamerologist, but I'd bet gamers buy gaming laptops... for gaming. With the PC games. I'm also no market researchologist, but I bet the manufacturers hire one or two... and they've determined (with QUITE the confidence) there's room for gaming laptops without webcams. None of my gaming desktops have had one. If I were to buy a gaming laptop next time around, that wouldn't suddenly be a need.

    It's all so very complicated. Suffice it to say, it's a big market, there's room for gaming laptops with AND without garbage built-in webcams.
  • Rookierookie - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - link

    People who buy a laptop for just gaming aren't really looking at laptops with this form factor. This is targeted at people who want a versatile machine.
  • forextor - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - link

    Meh..., just buy a USB webcam if u need one..., isn't complicated.
  • grant3 - Friday, January 15, 2021 - link

    who the heck wants to lug around yet an extra peripheral, and have a dangly wire taking up yet another usb port, and have to clip/unclip it every time you want to close the lid?

    Maybe not "complicated" but sure is annoying, when every other laptop in the universe provides a rudimentary webcam that's extremely convenient.
  • Tams80 - Thursday, January 14, 2021 - link

    It's still versatile in lots of other ways. And of course USB webcams exist (ASUS even make one themselves - with gamer aesthetics and all). It's not like you're going to be moving with one of these like you would with a phone or tablet.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - link

    Does nobody have an external webcam? They're cheap, better quality, and you can choose the positioning.
  • Tams80 - Thursday, January 14, 2021 - link

    Considering most built-in webcams are pretty mediocre, especially in gaming laptops (the Surface GO 2 has one of the best...), it's not that big of an emission.

    Would it be nice to have one? Yes, along with Windows Hello IR cameras. But considering most people who will be video calling will be at home... they might as well use a better external quality webcam.

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