ASUS Launches VivoBook Flip 14 TP401 Convertible With Power-Sipping Core m3

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ASUS has a rather expansive portfolio of mobile PCs, and the company is expanding the family today with the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401. The VivoBook Flip 14 manages to fit a generous 14-inch HD display into a 13-inch laptop frame, while delivering a 73 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Given the "Flip" in its name, it's quite easy to see that this is a convertible, featuring what ASUS calls a "step-less any-position 360° metal hinge" that allows the device to operate in tablet and tablet modes (among others). The VivoBook Flip 14, which is milled from aluminum, measures 15.4mm thick and weighs in at 3.3 pounds.

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On the hardware front, the VivoBook Flip 14 won't win many benchmarks contests, as it features a 7th generation Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor. This is a dual-core CPU (4 threads) with a base clock of just 1GHz and a boost clock of 2.6GHz. However, those meager clocks mean that the processor has a TDP of only 4.5 watts, which allows the VivoBook Flip 14 to have a fanless design. ASUS isn’t indicating the exact battery life figures for the convertible, only stating that it lasts “all day”, which shouldn’t be too easy to accomplish given the power-sipping nature of the processor.

Other hardware specs include 4GB of LPDDR3 memory, 128GB of eMMC storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. On the connectivity front, you'll find a microUSB port, USB 3.1 Type-C, a microHDMI port, and an SD card reader. There's also a VGA camera up front and dual speakers with ASUS SonicMaster and virtual surround sound support. The ASUS Pen is an optional accessory, for the VivoBook Flip 14, with the aluminum stylus supporting 1024 levels of pressure.

The ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 is available today direct from ASUS or from Amazon for $549.