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The next-gen Asus Chromebook Flip debuts at CES (updated: hands-on images)
Early Chromebooks were built with low-end specs aimed at the budget market, but we’ve seen a rise in premium Chromebook options over the last couple of years. The Flip C436 continues this trend. The Flip features the same 360-degree hinge design seen in prior Flip models. This allows you to use it in a number of ways such as tablet mode, tent mode, and traditional laptop mode.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is quite a looker, featuring a 14-inch “frameless NanoEdge touch display” for maximum screen size while keeping the form factor as small as possible. The body is made of magnesium alloy and weighs only 2.4 pounds. Keeping with the premium theme, Asus offers an iridescent Aerogel White colorway that changes colors as you view it from different angles. There’s also a transparent silver option if you want something a bit more traditional.
Under the hood the Flip C436 has plenty of power for a Chromebook, powered by a 10th gen Intel Core processor and 16GB RAM. Other features include a 512GB SSD, WiFi 6 support, an integrated fingerprint sensor, and four omnidirectional speakers. Port selection is about average for a Chromebook — you get two USB 3.2 Type-C ports and a microSD card slot.
Digital artists and note-takers will find USI stylus support handy. While the Flip doesn’t come with a stylus, you can bring any USI-compatible stylus and you’ll find support for up to 4,095 levels of pressure.
Battery life is also a major advantage for the C436, with Asus promising up to 12 hours of life out of the 42Wh battery. While real world battery life is often a little lower than what a company quotes, the takeaway is the machine can easily make it through a workday.
Unfortunately, Asus is pretty vague on pricing and release details. We know nothing about the price yet, only that it will arrive sometime in Q1/Q2 2020.