Will You Flip for Asus' New ZenBook Convertible?

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Asus' ZenBook laptops are known for sleek, beautiful designs. The company's latest model shows these PCs can be as nimble as well. That's because the ZenBook Flip UX360CA (available now from Asus and select retailers, starting at $699) swivels on a 360-degree hinge to move between notebook, tablet, stand and tent modes.

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The 13.3-inch ZenBook Flip UX360CA's hinge features what Asus calls a "precision-engineered multi-gear metal mechanism" that enables "silky-smooth and stepless action." And while we don't find it difficult to move the displays on most 2-in-1s, Asus also promises that this easy-to-move hinge will hold "the display securely at any angle," removing the wobbling we find on some convertibles.

MORE: Best 2-in-1s (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)

The Zenbook Flip UX360CA offers an Intel Core M 6Y30 CPU and 8GB of RAM; it will cost $699 (256GB SSD) and $799 (512GB SSD). The ZenBook Flip isn't light on connectivity either, as it will pack a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an SD card reader and a micro HDMI port.

The Flip UX360CA carries all of the hallmarks of the ZenBook line, from the unique concentric circle pattern on its lid to its all-aluminum design and thin and light (0.5-inch thick, 2.86-pound) mineral grey chassis.

According to Asus, the Flip UX360CA should last up to 10 hours on a single charge, which would beat the 8-hour, 3-minute average for ultraportable notebooks. We look forward to testing this claim with the Laptop Mag Battery Test.

The Flip UX360CA will also offer a 13.3-inch, 1080p IPS touchscreen display that Asus is already boasting about. The display should produce the full sRGB color gamut, while the company's Splendid Technology will automatically adjust the image for more accurate and lifelike colors and avoid extremely warm or cold picture temperature.

We're looking forward to reviewing the ZenBook Flip UX360CAs, so stay tuned to see how brilliant its display actually looks, how smooth its hinge swings and how much performance you can expect from its Core M processor.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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2 comments
  • Just Keep Swimming Says:

    Patience is a virtue.

    Echoing the same here. I was researching an Ultrabook 2-in-1 so I could divorce my iPad Air and an HP Probook. Sure enough, I stumbled upon the UX360CA model. The machine is OK but when I learned of the QHD+ display (3200 X 1800) on the upcoming UX360UA model, I realized that I could wait. The newer model will be an amazing machine but unfortunately, we don't have an ETA on it. I agree with the guestimated pricing as well. I can't see this machine retailing for over $1500. Just keep swimming!

  • Patience Says:

    Never really liked those M processors. I'm patiently waiting for the UX360UA, which is a higher end model that looks identical to UX360CA but comes with i5/i7 processor, backlit keyboard, 16GB ram, larger 57whr battery and an optional fingerprint scanner. Currently available competitors are Lenovo Yoga 900 13.3 and the HP Spectre x360 13.3. For me though, the yoga's lack of FHD option and the spectre's weight, overheating issues, poor ergonomics and HP's constant quality control issues are all huge deal breakers. My dream laptop is Thinkpad X1 Yoga from Lenovo that ships everything in a durable and attractive chassis plus an awesome thinkpad keyboard, 14' FHD anti glare matte display(probably the only 2 in 1 with anti glare touch) and SM951 pcie nvme ssd(2X faster than PM951 that comes in hyped ultrabooks like the xps) in a most portable 1.3kg form factor in the market. Unfortunately though, I can't afford this gorgeous US$2,400 machine so I've been patiently waiting for the UX360UA. It'll probably retail for US$1,000~1,400 depending on its configuration. I must say I'm very excited!

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