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Asus launches refreshed VivoBook Flip 14 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and a new chassis

Asus updates VivoBook Flip 14 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and a refreshed chassis design (Source: Asus)
Asus updates VivoBook Flip 14 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and a refreshed chassis design (Source: Asus)
The new aluminum design trims off almost 2 mm from the bezels compared to the last generation model without impacting battery life or connectivity features. The affordable convertible is now shipping on Amazon and other online retailers for $750 USD.

The 2017 Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP410 was an affordable convertible laptop with an impressive 1080p touchscreen for the price. For 2018, Asus has refreshed the system almost completely with updated processors and a sleeker design.

Called the VivoBook Flip 14 TP412, the new convertible sports Core i5-8250U and i7-8550U Kaby Lake-R CPUs to replace the aging Core i5-7200U and i7-7500U on the 2017 model. Thickness has decreased from 19 mm to 17.6 mm and the bezels are now narrower along the top edge of the notebook for a slightly lighter weight and a higher screen-to-body ratio (82 percent vs. 78.7 percent). The changes should make the newer model more ergonomic to use in all modes.

We're hopeful that the TP412 chassis will be more rigid as flexibility was one of our main complaints about the TP410. Both battery capacity and the variety of ports remain identical to last year's model.

The Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412 is now shipping via online retailers for a starting price of $750 USD. Check out the official product page for more details and images on the system.

Specifications according to press release: 

SPECIFICATIONS

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 (TP412)

Processor 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8550U (TP412UA-DB71T)
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8250U (TP412UA-DB51T)
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Display 14" FHD (1920x1080) IPS panel with 6.15mm NanoEdge bezel
Graphics Intel® UMA
Memory 8GB
Storage 256GB SATA III SSD
Connectivity 1 x HDMI 1.4b 
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A 
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ (USB-C™), data transmission only 
1 x Headset jack (combo) 
1 x SD card 
1 x DC jack
Battery 3-cell, 42Wh
Colors Star Grey
Galaxy Blue
Size 12.89 x 8.85 x 0.69 in
327.4 x 224.75 x 17.6 mm
Weight 3.31 lb
1.5kg

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Allen Ngo, 2018-09-19 (Update: 2018-09-19)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.