The Asus ZenBook Flip S will bend over backwards for you

Back during Computex, we were impressed by the ZenBook Flip S convertible in our Asus booth tour. Now, the company's letting the machine loose upon the world with the model name UX370UA. The Zenbook Flip S uses a solid-feeling 360° hinge, letting it rotate into tent and tablet modes. The 13.3" display offers a good compromise between tablet-mode portability and laptop-mode usability, and comes in either 1920×1080 IPS or 4K IPS varieties.

Despite packing a screen with a 13.3" diagonal, the all-aluminum ZenBook Flip S is only 12.2" (31 cm) wide thanks to the minimal bezel around the display. Those dimensions, coupled with the 0.43" (11 mm) thickness and 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) weight, make for quite a slim machine overall. The hardware inside is pretty good, too: either a Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U processor, up to 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 memory, and a PCI SSD up to 1TB in size.

The Flip S appears to be aimed at business and professional users. The machine comes with Windows 10 Pro as standard, and has full support for Windows Hello authentication using its integrated camera and fingerprint sensor. The included Asus Pen likewise offers Windows Ink support. Asus claims you can get 11.5 hours of work done on the Flip S thanks to the 39-WHr battery, and that the quick-charge functionality will juice it up to 60% in as little as 49 minutes.

Despite the fact that this machine hails from the the thin-and-light design school, external connectivity is well taken care of. There's the usual 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless hookups, plus a combo audio port and a pair of USB 3.0 Type-C ports. Those Type-C ports support DisplayPort Alternate Mode, and Asus also bundles a "Mini Dock" that provides a ton of connections: a Gigabit Ethernet adapter, a card reader, a USB Type-C port that supports quick-charging other devices, a regular USB 3.0 Type-A port, and HDMI and VGA outputs.

Altogether, Asus wants $1400 for a ZenBook Flip S with a 1920×1080 display, a Core i7-7500U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. The convertible is bundled with the pen and the Mini Dock. Asus says you can find that deal exclusively at the Microsoft Store. The company also let us know that you can pick up an alternative model, the Q325UA, for just $1200 at Best Buy. This version swaps the SSD for a SATA model and downgrades the Windows version to Home, but is otherwise similar.

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    • AMDisDEC
    • 2 years ago

    ASUS needs to ditch the i5/i7 and embrace the Zen to make a real Zenbook.
    I like the design but won’t buy one until then.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      You paid Intel shill!

      Threadripper + Vega 64 in a notebook or GTFO

        • AMDisDEC
        • 2 years ago

        Painted rice cakes will not satisfy hunger.

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    The two different fonts on the lower bezel is slightly irksome. Drop the “Asus” and just keep Zenbook and center it…Or better yet drop both lol.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      If ever they wanted it to look like a MacBook Pro, it was with that ZenBook font styling.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    I feel like these ultra-premium models that shave off the extra 0.25″ in exchange for an extra $500 are kind of missing the point. They compete with the 13″ MacBook Pro, which is even more expensive for less hardware, sure, but I just can’t get behind these things. The Inspiron 13″ 7000 two-in-one is a great compromise for folks that want a less-than-three-pound laptop without breaking the bank.

    If that USB Type-C port was also Thunderbolt 3, and if that 1080p display was a 1440p model or something, the price tag would make more sense to me. Neither of those things are true, so meh.

      • ludi
      • 2 years ago

      But its T3H THINNAR

        • Laykun
        • 2 years ago

        Whoa, 2005, how have you been?

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