We have the first major announcement from Computex 2017, and it’s quite impressive: ASUS just revealed the world’s slimmest Windows 10 convertible, the ZenBook Flip S.
It’s seriously thin. At 10.9mm, it’s 20 percent thinner than Apple’s current MacBook, which is super-slim to begin with. All that shaved-off material made a positive impact on the weight, as well; the whole unit weighs just 1.1kg.
The thinness is made possible with what ASUS claims is the most compact 360-degree hinge in the market. It utilizes a 3.9mm steel alloy hinge for a durable yet smooth transition from laptop mode to a full tablet.
Now, you’re probably wondering if the display size had to be compromised. Not at all! The ZenBook Flip S’ screen is 13.3 inches in size and comes with a high-resolution 4K UHD panel. Even better, the bezels are only 6.11mm thick, consuming 80 percent of the front surface — similar to those near-bezel-less smartphones.
After spending some time with the ZenBook Flip S, it’s safe to call it a convertible version of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe we handled at CES last January. It’s just as well made and good-looking, plus the bending truly is seamless. The keyboard is nicely spaced and the trackpad seems accurate, but the single USB-C port is a turnoff. You do get a dongle for extra ports, though.
As with most modern Windows 10 convertibles, there’s a pressure-sensitive stylus with Windows Ink support you may buy separately. In this case, it’s called the ASUS Pen. Not revolutionary in name, but even non-artists will love using it.
For better ease of use, there’s a fingerprint scanner on the edge of the display and array microphones for spread-out detection. The ZenBook Flip S is clearly designed to be an all-around entertainment device that can convert at will.
How about specifications? The maximum configuration offers an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of SSD storage, and 16GB of memory. Fast charging is also available; it can go from empty to 60 percent in only 49 minutes — again similar to modern-day smartphones.
International pricing starts at $1,099, but that’s for the most basic setup and not the one we listed. If it’s anything like past ZenBooks, rollout will be gradual for each region, so don’t hold your breath.