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Asus Vivobook S 15 (S5507) hands-on: Getting ARMed

Asus Vivobook S 15 (S5507) hands-on: Getting ARMed

Asus Vivobook S15

As one of the first Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite-powered Windows laptops, the Asus Vivobook S 15 (S5507) has much to live up to. For starters, it has to rehabilitate the reputation of Windows on ARM. These devices have been trying for years to make their mark, but falling short each time. Now that Apple has proven the viability of ARM-powered computers, is Microsoft and Qualcomm finally ready to make Windows on ARM a success?

Quick specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E 78 100 Processor 3.4GHz (42MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz, 12 cores, 12 Threads) with Qualcomm AI Engine up to 75 total TOPs
  • 15.6-inch OLED 120Hz display (2,880 x 1,620 pixels)
  • 32GB LPDDR5X RAM and 1TB SSD
  • 2x USB 3.2 ports, 1 x HDMI 2.1, Bluetooth 5.4, Wi-Fi 7

My first take: Microsoft and its partners have finally gotten it right. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite chip, Windows 11 feels normal on the Asus Vivobook S 15. If I didn't know better, I would never have guessed that Windows was running on an ARM chip. I opened tabs, flicked through the Copilot+ features such as Recall, and found the whole thing buttery smooth. Of course, the proof in the pudding will be day-to-day use, with lots of browser tabs open, and even some light gaming to see how it handles.

Asus Vivobook S15
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As mentioned, I managed to try out some of the Copilot+ features available on the Asus Vivobook S 15. Recall, one of the more controversial new features, allows a user to go back in time, such as checking a previously-closed browser window, and access the info there. Privacy concerns aside, I did enjoy sliding through the timeline and looking at what the laptop was previously doing. I also tried Paint's Cocreator, but that was a bit of a bust.

Asus Vivobook S15
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Despite my (terrible) drawing of a banana, the AI just wasn't able to match what I was trying to get it to do. Instead, it would just give me an image-generated banana, instead of creating a banana in the orientation and shape that I had (badly) sketched. One of my concerns was that image generation would take too long, but the Snapdragon X Elite chip on the Asus Vivobook S 15 handled it like a champ, I had to wait around five to 10 seconds at most for the image to be generated.

The design of the Asus Vivobook S 15 feels very premium, with sleek lines that measure 15.9mm at its thickest. The keyboard also gets a special Copilot button, which will be available on laptops with Microsoft Copilot going forward. The 3K 120Hz OLED screen is bright and sharp, and would be great to use in an office or a classroom, I think. It has up to 18 hours of battery life, and is rated at up to 75 TOPs (trillions of operations per second) for AI performance. The Snapdragon X Elite chip itself features either 10 or 12 cores (depending on the model) and a 3.4GHz clock speed.

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While the Asus Vivobook S 15 also comes in Intel and AMD versions, only the AMD models will have Copilot+. Intel models will be stuck with Copilot only, with Copilot+ versions only likely available from September this year. That's not to say Copilot will be limited, as the chatbot will still be able to help you write stuff, compose songs, created PowerPoint slides, and draft emails.

The Asus Vivobook S 15 (S5507) will retail for S$2,199, and will be delivered on June 21. We'll be putting it through the paces once we get our review unit, so stay tuned if you want to know if this laptop can buy or not. But for now, it likely looks like a can buy unless some serious issues crop up in our tests.

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