Asus debut ROG Mothership at CES 2019

The ROG Mothership is a hybrid offering gaming laptop specs with the portability of a tablet.

Asus officially unveiled their latest offering for gamers at CES 2019, the ROG Mothership (GZ700). At first glance, the ROG Mothership appears to be a cross between a portable Surface-style tablet and a dedicated gaming laptop. Weighing in at 10.36 pounds, the Asus ROG Mothership boasts a 17.3-inch 1080p display with a functional kickstand and detachable, folding keyboard.

Asus Debut the ROG Mothership at CES 2019

The ASUS ROG Mothership
The ROG Mothership serves as a cross between a gaming laptop and tablet.
© Asus

Internally, the ROG Mothership boasts the new mobile RTX 2080 GPU from Nvidia along with an Intel Core i9-8950HK. On the product listing, Asus also notes the ROG Mothership includes a “fast RAID 0 array with three NVMe SSDs, plus next-gen networking that enables greater than gigabit speeds for both wired and wireless connections.”

As with most portable gaming units, efficient cooling is important. While having the ability to set the display up vertically using the kickstand helps, the ROG Mothership sports dual 12V fans as well as a special shield to help prevent heat from affecting the display. When playing on the ROG Mothership, gamers have the ability to use wired power, or rely on the ROG’s internal battery.

As of right now, Asus has yet to reveal what type of battery comes with the ROG Mothership and how many hours of battery you get. Two 280W charging ports are included with the ROG Mothership alongside HDMI, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, a standard USB-C port, an Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and four USB Type-A ports.

According to Asus, the ROG Mothership will launch in Q1 of 2019, meaning additional spec information should drop over the next few months. Until then, what do you think of the ROG Mothership? Are you looking for a portable gaming laptop with a twist, or will you wait until more information is available before making a final decision? Let us know down in the comments below!

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