May 30, 2017 05:39 AM EDT
Asus introduced on Monday several laptops and mobile devices in a press conference at the Computex Taipei in Taiwan. The flagship device of the Taiwan-based tech giant is the ZenBook Flip S, said to be the thinnest 2-in-1 convertible in the world. The laptop, with model No. UX370UA, features impressive hardware despite its thin design.
The Asus Zenbook Flip S comes in multiple models from the high-end Core i7-7500U to the affordable Core i5-7200U. Both laptops run on Intel Kaby Lake processors, while memory options are either 8GB or 16GB of 2133MHz memory. Storage choices are 256GB, 512GB or 1TB which leverages NVMe, while the smaller drives feature the SATA interface that is slower, Forbes reports.
The screen of the Zenbook Flip S is a 13.3-inch display, with options for 1080P or 4K UHD resolutions. The display has a wide 178-degree viewing angle, support for 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Its screen assembly attaches to the laptop’s body using ErgoLift hinges which allow the screen to flip all the way around into a tablet mode. However, when the laptop is opened past 135 degrees, it lifts and tilts out the keyboard.
Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, points out that the 10.9-millimeter-thick Zenbook Flip S is slimmer compared to the MacBook by 20 percent. It weighs 1.1 kilograms and has juice that lasts 11.5 hours. Asus will sell the laptop at $1,099, The Verge reports. Shih compares the upcoming laptop, which will be available in the market in the later part of 2017, to the HP Spectre x360 which is 13.8 millimeters, MacBook Air at 17 millimeters, and MacBook at 13.1 millimeters.
Besides the Zenbook Flip S, Asus also unveiled at Computex the Zenbook 3 Deluxe, priced at $1,199, which features a 14-inch screen and measures 12.9 millimeters thick. For game lovers, the laptop can be connected to the Asus ROG XG Station 2 external graphic dock to support cards as large as the Nvidia GTX 1080.
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