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Touchpad on the new Asus ZenBook Flip turns into an LED-illuminated NumberPad

If a traditional laptop isn’t your cup of tea, Asus introduced two new ZenBook Flip 2-in-1s during the IFA 2018 convention in Berlin. Both are based on Intel’s new 8th-generation “Whiskey Lake” processors launched this week, while the larger 15.6-inch model adds a discrete GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics chip into the mix. Both also sport an interesting touchpad.

As with most 2-in-1s, the ZenBook Flip includes a nifty hinge enabling Laptop, Tent, Stand and Tablet modes “or anything in between.” Asus says it torture-tests this hinge via 20,000 open-close cycles to make sure your ZenBook Flip never stays locked in one position. This hinge also lifts and tilts the keyboard area when opened beyond 135 degrees for the ideal typing experience.

According to the specifications, the 13.3-inch model’s port complement depends on whether it includes a world-facing Full HD camera. If so, it offers two USB-C ports and an audio combo jack. If not, that list expands to two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, one HDMI port, and one audio combo jack. The list is somewhat different with the 15.6-inch model, as you’ll find one USB-C port, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, an SD card reader and an audio combo jack.

As with the other new ZenBooks introduced this week, the ZenBook Flip relies on Intel’s new Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U “Whiskey Lake” processors. On the 15.6-inch model, they’re joined by a discrete GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics chip, while the 13.3-inch model merely relies on integrated graphics.

In terms of storage, the 13.3-inch model includes 256GB or 512GB on a PCIe-based or SATA-based SSD. On the 15.6-inch model, you’ll see a larger selection of preconfigured units such as a 512GB PCIe SSD, a 2TB hard drive, or a SATA-based SSD with 256GB or 512GB of storage.

Finally, these new ZenBook Flip units include a Windows Precision Touchpad that can transform into a NumberPad. Simply touch the NumberPad icon on the touchpad and it transforms into an LED-illuminated keypad. This is offered on the company’s other new ZenBooks as well.

Price and availability of the two new ZenBook Flips is unknown. For the full list of specifications, check out the table below:

UX362 UX562
Screen size: 13.3 inches 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 3,840 x 2,160
1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Core i7-8565U
Core i5-8265U
Graphics: Integrated GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
Memory: 8GB or 16GB
LPDDR3 @ 2,133MHz
DDR4 @ 2,400MHz
Storage: 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD
256GB or 512GB SATA SSD
256GB or 512GB SATA SSD
2TB SATA hard drive
Camera: HD infrared webcam
FHD world-facing camera (optional)
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports: No world-facing camera:
2x USB-C (5Gbps)
1x USB-A (450Mbps)
1x Audio combo jackWith world-facing camera:
2x USB-C (5Gbps)
1x Audio combo jack
1x USB-C (5Gbps)
1x USB-A (5Gbps)
1x USB-A (450Mbps)
1x SD card reader
1x Audio combo jack
Battery: 50WHr 57WHr
86WHr (SSD only)
Size (inches): 12.00 x 7.71 x 0.66 14.05 x 8.89 x 0.822
Weight: 2.86 pounds 4.18 pounds

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