In the first half of 2023, ASUS intends to launch two new ultra-compact PC models that include the newest Intel Raptor Lake mobile processors. The flagship model, the ExpertCenter PN64-E1, will come with more potent parts suited for jobs requiring content development. There will also be a smaller, more affordable mini PC called the ExpertCenter PN42 that uses an Intel N-series processor based on the 13th generation Core architecture.
Asus has not released the precise specifications for these new devices. We can anticipate seeing PN64-E1 combinations with up to an i7-13700H mobile CPU with 24 MB L3 cache, Iris Xe iGPU, performance cores operating at 5 GHz, and efficiency cores running at 3.7 GHz based on the current PN64 model. For the more economical versions, Raptor Lake-P CPU alternatives will probably be available as well. The maximum RAM capacity is still 32 GB DDR5, but there are now two M.2 slots that support PCIe 4.0 X4 speeds on the storage side.
The product images made available show a strong port line-up that finally adds Thunderbolt 4 capability for the small PC line-up. As a result, there are two TB4 ports, three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two USB-A 3.1 ports, a 2.5 GbE jack, an audio jack with the Realtek ALC897 codec, two HDMI 2.1 video outputs, and a configurable slot that can be filled with a serial port, a VGA output, an HDMI 2.1 output, or an additional 2.5 GbE jack. Using a Wi-Fi 6E + BT 5.2 card that is provided, wireless connectivity is guaranteed.
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation processing for mics and an enhanced cooling system for reduced noise are additional features for the PN64-E1. Pricing and availability are still unknown.