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Asus launches Transformer Book Flip

Laptop supports 360-degree rotation of touchscreen for multimode functionality

Asus launches Transformer Book Flip
The Asus Transformer Book Flip, touted as a laptop, tablet, or ‘anything in between’.

Asus today announced its Transformer Book Flip, a budget Windows 8.1 laptop with a hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees.

Flip is designed to serve as a laptop, tablet, or "anything in between", Asus said in a statement.

Flip is powered by Intel Core up to i7 processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GT840M discrete graphics and is aimed at both the productivity and entertainment markets. The unit comes in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inches variants.

Flip's screen is an HD 1366x768 touch with a hinge that is engineered to allow the user to rotate it freely up to 360 degrees from the fully closed position. Four gears in the hinge are designed to provide "smooth, stepless movement", according to Asus.

The hinge design allows a media stand for watching movies or viewing photos; a shared viewer for collaboration; or a tablet. An automatic keyboard and touchpad lock is activated whenever Flip is used in non-laptop modes.

Asus also highlighted Flip's touchscreen, which incorporates "high-precision" 6mm-diameter actuators. These are said to be "more than twice as sensitive as the 9mm industry standard".

The compact aluminium chassis is aimed at strength and durability. The one-piece chiclet keyboard is "ergonomically designed for optimum typing feel" and the large multi-touch touchpad supports Smart Gestures for "precise and natural fingertip control".

Instant On technology means that Flip only takes two seconds to resume from sleep, and users don't need to worry about losing data when in sleep mode for up to 14 days as files and data are automatically backed up when the Lithium-polymer battery's charge drops below 5%, Asus said.

Each Asus Transformer Book Flip includes Asus WebStorage and files are accessible anywhere from a host of devices.

Asus Transformer Book Flip will be available in Middle East from the end of August 2014. No information on pricing is available as yet.

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