ASUS Zenbook Flip S Hands On

At Computex in Taipei ASUS launched a series a of products, the most interesting was the ASUS Zenbook Flip S a 2 in 1 convertible notebook that claims to the thinnest in the world at 10.9mm.

The ASUS Zenbook Flip S is a beautifully designed with the trademark spun metal design on the back which in ‘Royal Blue’ is one of the classiest finishes available on a notebook. Sporting many of the same design elements of the Zenbook series, we have the metal edges highlighted with gold and the build quality feels in line with premium finish found on the Zenbook 3  & Zenbook 3 Deluxe. The Notebook flips into a tablet using a 2 stage hinge and weighs in at just over a kilo at 1.1KG.

The Zenbook 3 Flip turns from a Notebook into a tablet using a 2 stage hinge, this design choice is very sturdy and reliable. ASUS is calling flipping mechanism an “ErgoLift hinge” which allows the display to turn away from the keyboard 360°. This set up also tilts the keyboard into a more comfortable and ergonomic typing position when the display is open past 135°. The hinge has been through 20,000 turns to test it’s durability.

The 13.3 inch 4K UDH multi-touch display is glossy which isn’t great for outdoor use but does have active stylus support and a NanoEdge display which as reduced the size of the side bezels.  For those looking to do color sensitive work we’ve also got 100% sRGB. ASUS still has a rather large bottom bezel on the device which is not as competitive but we are glad that ASUS is working to drop down the overall frame size which is reflected in the overall footprint.

Under the hood, we find a 7th generation Core i7-7500U with 16GB of RAM and a PCIe SSD which will see storage options upto 1TB.  Like it’s thin and powerful Zenbook brothers we have a 0.3mm liquid crystal polymer fan which we saw for the first time at last years Computex.

Taking a look at ports and connectivity, along the left-hand side we have a rather large cooling vent, a headphone jack, charging light indicator and a Kensington lock. The right-hand side of the device is action packed with a USB type C port, volume rocker, and power button.  We also find a fingerprint scanner which is only 16 x 3.5mm which is the smallest fingerprint sensor they’ve every included on a device. It’s Windows Hello enabled meaning you can log in with just one touch if you’re in Notebook or Tablet mode. ASUS has also included an array of microphones specifically included so you’ll be able to interact with Cortana with greater ease. We hope this means that Skype calling will also be improved upon since the cameras on the previous generations was only 0.2MP.

The 39Whr battery is meant to last 11.5 hours and comes with fast charge so you can get from zero to 60% in 49 minutes. We’re a little skeptical that a 39Whr battery will go the distance with a 13.3 inch display but you can’t get down to 10.9mm if you include a big battery. The Zenbook 3 has a similar set up with a 40Whr battery and did have excellent battery life, so there is hope.

We’re excited to get a unit for review when they become available, there is no word yet on pricing or availability, but we expect for it to be available for back to school. If we’re looking at their competitors this means in July or August, but again, we’re going to have to wait and see.