Asus shows off world’s thinnest convertible laptop

by Haadi Bakar
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Traditional clamshell laptops are going out of style. Asus is giving us more reasons to upgrade your laptop to a convertible this year.

Officially announced at Computex Taipei yesterday, the new Zenbook Flip S is the thinnest 2-in-1 laptop in the world, as Asus claims, measuring just under 11mm in thickness, making other convertibles in the market look chunkier by comparison.

The Taiwanese PC maker also claims that its Flip S is 20 per cent thinner than Apple’s 12-inch Macbook.

Weighing at 1.1kg, it’s not the lightest 13-inch laptop as that title is currently held by the Fujitsu LifeBook U937/P (799 grammes), but being super thin means you can fit it in a carryon and still have space for other stuff.

The Zenbook Flip S is an incredibly svelte laptop/tablet hybrid made from premium aluminium materials, and the 360 degree hinge is highly durable. The screen can be rotated to four operating modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent. Oh, and the 13-inch touch display is 4k. Sweet!

And it doesn’t end there. While most laptops in this category opt for the energy-efficient but underpowered Core M processors, Asus’ new convertible rocks a powerful Intel Core i7 processor (2.7-GHz).

There’s no discrete graphics to be found here, however, so a gaming laptop this isn’t, but as a business or student laptop, the Flip S is a solid machine, especially with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage on board.

The Flip S also features a fingerprint scanner, and has two USB Type-C ports for data and charging. You’d need to use dongles to connect to regular USB thumbdrives though.

The Zenbook Flip S runs on Windows 10 and supports the Asus Pen that you can use to write and sketch using Windows Ink.

“If you need a 2-in-1 with the best combination of beauty, performance and versatility, the Asus ZenBook Flip S is indeed your dream machine,” said Asus Chairman Jonney Shih during the conference yesterday.

This new convertible will retail for US$1,099 (around B$1,520).

At Computex Taipei, Asus also unveiled several new high end laptops, including the powerhouse Zenbook Pro UX550, the company’s top tier laptop running an H-series Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia GTX 1050Ti GPU and a 4k 15.4-inch display packed in a lightweight ultrabook form factor. The Zenbook Pro starts at US$1,299 (around B$1,800) and is aimed at professionals and heavy users.

There’s also the Zenbook 3 Deluxe, which Asus says is its “most prestigious laptop” in its Zenbook line, as well as its new Vivobook S and Vivobook Pro laptops.

Asus holds the second spot for LaptopMag’s best and worst laptop brand rankings this year.

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