At the exhibition IFA 2017, ASUS showed the ASUS ZenBook Flip 15. As in the 14-inch version, its display opens 360 degrees. But the Flip 15 itself is larger and equipped with more efficient components, including a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
Externally ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 resembles the model line Zenbook Pro, in particular, visited us on the test laptop UX550 . The ZenBook Flip 15 case is also made of aluminum, and the display covers the protective glass.
But unlike other ASUS models of recent years, the screen cover in the new model without branded concentric circles, but simply matte.
The dimensions of the case are 364 × 246 mm, and the thickness is 19.2 mm. As for the 15.6-inch laptop Flip 15 was not very large, and quite light – its weight reaches 1.9 kg.
As already mentioned above, the display of the laptop opens 360 degrees. This is convenient, since the angle of slope is unlimited, but with such dimensions and weight the model does not fit the role of the tablet. In fact, the ability to add a touch screen is necessary for drawing, because ZenBook Flip 15 supports Windows Ink technology and active stylus.
In general, the design of the laptop is nothing unusual, the model for its class is quite standard.
All ports in the ZenBook Flip 15 are on the side faces. On the left you can find only USB Type-C with support for Thunderbolt.
And on the right side there is an SD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and a charger slot.
The ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 has a 15.6-inch touchscreen IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, but the manufacturer also needs to release a 4K version. ASUS promises that the screen is capable of displaying 100% of the sRGB color space, and the viewing angle is 178 degrees. A purely visual display of the ZenBook Flip 15 leaves a pleasant impression, but we will be able to evaluate it in more detail during the review.
ZenBook Flip 15 is one of the first ASUS laptops with new Intel Core i7 8550U and i5 8250U processors, and the model also comes with 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. The built-in storage can be built on the basis of a hard drive with a capacity of up to 2 TB, or a SSD of a SATA3 drive up to 512 GB.
Graphics processing is handled by a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 1050 graphics card. Thus, the ZenBook Flip 15 is not only suitable for work, but also for games.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The dimensions of the ZenBook Flip 15 body allowed ASUS to install a full-size keyboard with a separate digital unit in the notebook.
Like in other laptops of the company, island type keys are used. They are pressed with a well-marked stroke, typing on the keyboard is convenient.
The touchpad in the laptop is slightly biased to the left and not very large, compared to the size of the case. Nevertheless, he is well aware of the positioning of the fingers and supports gestures.
The ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 has a battery of 52 Wh-h, but the manufacturer still does not even indicate an approximate battery life, but we hope to check it soon in a full review.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 – an interesting addition to the family of 15.6-inch notebook ASUS, which can compete with Zenbook Pro. The new model does not stand out for its design, but it has a good set of characteristics. At the same time, ASUS promised at the exhibition that the cost of the ZenBook Flip 15 will start from 900 euros, but the company does not yet state the date the notebook is available for sale.