ASUS at the IFA 2017: 2-in-1 laptops and mixed reality headsets.


The largest tech exhibition in Europe hasn’t started yet (starts on 1st September), but as usual, small press conferences are being held everywhere from the corners of Berlin by tech giants, to announce their new gadgets. This is what we bring from the camp of the Taiwanese tech giant, Asus.

Asus, at the IFA 2017, unveiled the ZenBook Flip 14, a particularly thin 2-in-1 laptop and the ZenBook Flip 15, a performance-based ultrabook. Another major announcement is the arrival of a mixed reality helmet and a convertible version of the Vivobook.

The ASUS ZenBook Flip 14

The ZenBook Flip 14 is presented by the manufacturer as “the world’s thinnest “2-in-1” with its 13.9 mm thickness for a weight of 1.4 kg. Despite its compact size, this 2-in-1 notebook comes with a rather interesting technical data sheet. There is an aluminum chassis (equivalent to a 13.3-inch computer) that features a full-screen 14-inch display with multi-touch technology.

The computer is equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor of the eighth generation and an NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics card. It can carry up to 16 GB of RAM and an SSD of 512 GB. Asus announces up to 13 hours of battery life and the ZenBook Flip 14 boasts fast charging technology that recharges the battery to 60% of its capacity in just 49 minutes.

The ZenBook Flip 14 at a glance:

  • The CPU: 8GHz 8th Gen IntelR Core i7-8550U quad core (Turbo boost up to 3.7GHz)
  • The Display: 14 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) multitouch with 178 wide –view technology.
  • The Design: NanoEdge design with 7.15mm-slim bezel and 89 percent screen-body ratio.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home/Windows 10 Pro
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics. Intel UHD Graphics 620.
  • Memory: Up to 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
  • Storage: Up to 512GB NV
  • Connectivity: Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Bluetooth – 4.2
  • Camera: HD Webcam.
  • Audio: Harman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster dual-speaker audio system with 2-channel smart amplifiers.
  • Battery life: 57Wh lithium-polymer with fast-charge technology.
  • AC Adapter: 19V DC, 3.42A, 65W
  • Dimensions: 4x 226.5x 13.9mm
  • Weight: 4kg (integrated graphics models) and 1.5kg (discrete graphics models)
  • I/O Ports:

(a) 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A                 (b) 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C

(c) 1 x HDMI 2.0                                    (d) 1 x MicroSD card reader

(e) 1 x DC in                                           (f) 1 x Combo audio jack


The ZenBook Flip 15

The big brother, the ZenBook Flip 15, is as its name suggests, a 15.6-inch model. Here again, this is a 2-in-1 laptop, but it stands out at the level of its data sheet.

There’s an Intel Core eighth generation processor (i5 and i7), and also the presence of a 4K UHD touch screen and a biometric login. Another important difference is the presence of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

For the rest, this model can also embed up to 16 GB of RAM and can offer a dual storage of SSD and hard disk. The ZenBook Flip 15 can indeed embed a hard drive of 2 TB and an SSD of 512 GB.

The ZenBook Flip 15 at a glance

  • The CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550u and an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U
  • The Display: 6 inches 4K UHD wide-view touchscreen, 15.7 inches Full HD wide-view touchscreen.
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4 2400.
  • Storage: Up to 512GB SSD and/or up to 2TB HDD
  • Connectivity: 11ac Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 4.1
  • Camera: Infrared camera (UX561UD only)
  • Camera HD Webcam (UX561UA/UN only)
  • Audio: Herman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster Audio System with high-quality 2 x 1.6W stereo speakers.
  • Battery: 52Wh lithium-polymer
  • AC Adapter: Output: 19V DC, 120W
  • Input: 100V-240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz
  • Dimensions: 6 x 246.8 x 21.3mm
  • Weight: 0kg
  • I/O Ports:

(a) 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3

(b) 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (one with ASUS USB charger Plus support)

(c) 1 x HDMI      (d) 1 x combo audio jack

Note that Asus also  unveiled a convertible version of the Vivobook.

ASUS’ mixed reality helmet

In addition to computers, Asus made a sensation by presenting its mixed reality helmet, a model realized in partnership with Microsoft.

Asus announces that its helmet weighs less than 400 grams and benefits from materials supposed to more evenly distribute the weight of the helmet on the face and the wearer’s nose. Capable of displaying a resolution of 3K and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, it is equipped with two frontal cameras offering a tracking at six degrees without using external sensors.