This week ASUS has introduced its ZenBook Flip UX360CA convertible notebooks, the company’s first ZenBook with 360° hinge based on the Skylake-based Intel Core M processor. The system sports a 13.3” display in FHD or QHD, an ultra-thin design, and a 54 Wh battery: an impressive combo for a machine running an ultra-low-power CPU. What is important is that the price of the new ZenBook Flip will not break the bank.

ASUS was one of the first manufacturers to introduce convertible laptops with 360°-rotatable display hinge several years ago. The company’s VivoBook Flip notebooks are positioned as the entry-level convertibles, whereas the current ASUS ZenBook Flip high-end machines are positioned as performance workhorses aimed at professionals, equipped with Core i7 processors, high-resolution displays and lots of memory. By contrast, the new ZenBook Flip UX360CA sits somewhere between: it features a Core M CPU, moderate specs and relatively affordable pricing, something that consumers will be glad to see.

The ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is based on the dual-core Intel Core M processors (the Core m3-6Y30, the Core m5-6Y54 or the Core m7-6Y75) with two Skylake cores, ninth-generation of Intel's integrated graphics (HD 515, Gen9), and SpeedShift technology. The processors run in 'cTDP Up' mode, which pushes their power consumption to 7W for an increase in base and turbo frequencies (the MacBook does this). Due to the Core M line of processors, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA is a fanless design, hence, it should be quiet. The systems come equipped with 8 GB of LPDDDR3-1866 memory as well as 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage using SATA M.2 SSDs. Depending on configuration, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA may be equipped with a QHD+ (3200×1800) or a FHD (1920×1080) touch-sensitive display panel with 72% NTSC and full sRGB color gamut.

As for input/output capabilities, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA offers everything one would expect from a modern laptop: a 3.5mm connector for headsets, two 1.6 W speakers, an array of microphones, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) Type-C port (with quick-charging capability for smartphones), one SDXC card reader, a 720p webcam, one micro-HDMI output, dual-band 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.1.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA at a Glance
  General Specifications
CPU SKU Intel Core
Intel Core
Intel Core
7W cTDP Up
Base 1.1 GHz 1.2 GHz 1.3 GHz
Turbo 2.2 GHz  2.7 GHz  3.1 GHz
GPU SKU Intel HD Graphics 515 (GT2)
24 EUs, Gen 9
Base 300 MHz
Turbo 850 MHz 900 MHz  950 MHz
DRAM 4 GB (optional) or 8 GB LPDDR3-1866
128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Display 13.3-inch 3200×1800
13.3-inch 1920×1080
Ports 1 × TRRS
2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
1 × micro HDMI
1 × SD card reader
1 × AC adapter plug
Network 2x2 802.11ac with BT 4.1
Battery 3-cell, 54 Whr
Dimensions H: 13.9 mm/0.55 inches
W: 323 mm/12.71 inches
D:  220mm/8.66 inches
Weight 1.3 kilograms/2.866 lbs
Colors Icicle Gold
Mineral Grey
Price UX360CA-DBM1T: Intel Core m3-6Y30, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD $699
UX360CA-DBM2T: Intel Core m3-6Y30, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, FHD $799

Like other ZenBook notebooks, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA is thin (13.9 mm/0.55 inches), light (1.3 kilograms/2.866 lbs) and made of aluminum with concentric circle design on the display lid. The system is also equipped with a 3-cell 54 Whr battery rated to enable up to 12 hours of battery life.

One of the most important aspects of the ZenBook Flip UX360CA with FHD touchscreen is its price: $699 for the model (UX360CA-DBM1T) with 256 GB SSD and $799 for the model (UX360CA-DBM2T) with 512 GB SSD. These models are available with Mineral Grey finish. The more expensive models with QHD+ displays feature Icicle Gold or Mineral Grey styles and will be more expensive when they become available.

Source: ASUS

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  • coolhardware - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    No backlit keyboard? :-(
  • Impulses - Saturday, July 9, 2016 - link

    At those prices, something's gotta give.
  • Meteor2 - Saturday, July 9, 2016 - link

    Just a single type-C is a breaker for me :(. I want twin Thunderbolt ideally, or at least twin USB 3.1 type-C.
  • speculatrix - Saturday, July 9, 2016 - link

    No mention of thunderbolt on the USB C connector.
  • ikjadoon - Sunday, July 10, 2016 - link

    On a $700 notebook? I'll give up running my RAID'd SSDs or my external dedicated GPU, thanks.

    With less sarcasm, haha, I think it doesn't have TB3. :(
  • mdw9604 - Saturday, July 9, 2016 - link

    While. I like the specs, but having been burned by the ASUS UX303 series with the terribly flawed design of the weak screen hinge, that breaks and renders the laptop useless. I am going to steer clear of any future ASUS laptop's.
  • Impulses - Saturday, July 9, 2016 - link

    Bad warranty service or did it happen again?
  • mdw9604 - Sunday, July 10, 2016 - link

    They repaired it the first time it happened. About 8 months later the other hinge broke. The laptop is now out of warranty. So I have a laptop that is pretty much useless. This basic design/structural flaw makes me questions this companies ability to make fundamental business decisions. I am steering clear.
  • Impulses - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - link

    Interesting, thanks for sharing.
  • mdw9604 - Sunday, July 10, 2016 - link

    Go to amazon and read the reviews on the UX303 I am surprised there isn't a Class Action Lawsuit against ASUS.

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