Asus readies slim and light 14-inch Chromebook Flip CX5400 premium convertible with Tiger Lake-U processors
The demand for Chromebooks certainly spiked during the pandemic, and OEMs are ramping up the production of budget-friendly aimed at kids, as well as premium models geared towards work-from-home employees. Speaking of premium models, Asus recently announced the imminent availability of its new Flip CX5400 model that is probably the slimmest 14-inch convertible Chromebook to date.
The Chromebook Flip CX5400 is only 0.6-inch (1.5 cm) thick and weighs 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg). It is powered by the Intel Tiger Lake-U i7-1160G7 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics and it looks like the aluminum chassis does not present any cooling vents, so the model is completely silent. This system also comes with soldered 16 GB of LPDDR4x and a 512 GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD. One feature that is more often than not overlooked by OEMs is the display, but this model is an exception. Besides having touch capabilities complemented by the included USI Stylus , the 14-inch screen on the Flip CX5400 also gets a slim-bezel design, 1080p resolution and good color gamut with 100% sRGB coverage.
Since it is based on the Intel Tiger Lake platform, the Flip CX5400 also offers two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, along with a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 and an audio jack. Other features include a 720p webcam with privacy shutter, backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6 + BT 5.0 module and a 48 Wh battery that can last up to 10 hours. While the iGPU is not particularly aimed at gaming, Asus still recommends this convertible as the ultimate cloud gaming supporting Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce NOW.
This convertible is priced at $1,049.99 for the U.S., but it is not yet available for purchase, and worldwide costs could vary slightly depending on regional taxes.