As the name suggests, the ASUS ZenBoook Flip S OLED UX371 is a convertible laptop that can switch between laptop, tent and tablets modes.
The laptop furnished with an Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake Mobile processor, Thunderbolt 4 and 4K OLED touchscreen display. It’s also crowned the World’s thinnest 4K OLED convertible with just 13.9mm thickness and weight at 1.2kg only.
ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED UX371 Specification
You may check out my unboxing and the first look at the ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED UX371;
Design & Built
ASUS has never failed in designing good look and premium laptops, especially with their ZenBook series. The Jade Black colour is reserved for most of their most premium laptops and apparently the ZenBook Flip S UX371 is part of it.
The signature concentric ASUS logo on the back and chamfer edges, making the laptop look clean and premium to the touch. Overall, the laptop is incredibly lightweight and thin at only 1.2kg. The only hindrance is the fingerprint smudges on the top and bottom are very hard to be cleaned.
Being a convertible, the ASUS ZenBook S Flip features a 360-degrees ErgoLift hinge design, where you can use the laptop in normal laptop mode, tent and flat like a tablet. The floating keyboard will be enabled when the display opened passed 180-degree.
Considering it a convertible laptop, the ASUS ZenBook Flip S does have decent ports including two Thunderbolt 4 USB C that supports up to 8K display output and 40Gbps data bandwidth, it also comes with a full-sized HDMI 1.4 port.
The only missing connectivity is the 3.5mm audio jack, fret not, ASUS does provide a USB C to 3.5mm dongle in the box if you need to connect to your trusty wired headphone.
While on the right side, there’s a USB A 3.2 Gen 1 and a power button. There’s no fingerprint scanner instead it features an IR camera and supports Windows Hello. It’s fast, reliable and even works in the dark.
Keyboard & NumberPad 2.0
The keyboard layout is pretty compact with a huge trackpad. The backlit keyboard with 1.4mm key travel is responsive and tactile. It also features the Fn lock key that enables versatile input.
The new ASUS NumberPad 2.0 integrated with a numeric pad on the touchpad. It can be enabled with a single touch and retain the cursor function without the need to disabling it. I can adjust the NumberPad brightness and launch the calculator app with just a swipe.
4K OLED Display
The centrepiece of this laptop is the 4K OLED display. It does sound over-rated to have 4K resolution 3,840 x 2,160 on a 13.3-inch size but Windows 10 does scale the text and layout to make it more viewable on a 13-inch display.
The bright brilliant 4K OLED display delivers exceptional details and realistic visuals. The extreme contrast and accurate colour reproduction making other convertibles that still relies on traditional IPS screen look antiquated.
Display specs context, the ZenBook Flip S OLED’s display is PANTONE Validated, VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black and TÜV Rheinland certified. It deliver 100% sRGB, 100% DCI-P3 gamut coverage, 400 nits brightness and over 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. This is great for the creative and content creator who need excellent accurate colours.
This probably the best display laptop that I have ever reviewed. It’s a great laptop for media consumption like YouTube and Netflix HDR Streaming.
The top-notch display is paired with a great pair of Harman Kardon speaker. It delivers a loud yet crisp sound with a wide soundstage. Position it in tent mode would offer a more direct sounding.
The ASUS ZenBook Flip S supports touch input as well as active stylus pen input that recognize 4,092 level pressure sensitivity. This is ideal for graphic designers or casual sketching on this laptop.
Only one configuration is made available with the ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED UX371; Intel 11th Gen Core i7 1165G7 processor with Intel Iris Xs graphics card. It paired with 16GB of 4,266MHz LPDDR4x RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD storage and Wi-Fi 6.
On my initial test, I did notice the Intel i7-1165G7 is nerfed to 15W TDP where its bounded its fullest performance. After the BIOS update, it unlocked the processor and manage to hit the 28W TDP peak which offers more performance but in exchange for louder fan spins and a slightly higher thermal.
Intel Iris Xe graphics have a huge leap jump in term of graphics performance compared to Intel UHD. It even gets similar or better performance than the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 mobile graphics card. Therefore it’s capable to handle most 1,080p games or AAA title games in medium settings.
The company uses WDC PC SN730 SSD, a performance NVMe SSD that offers over 3000MB/s read and write speeds. Unlike other midrange SSD that could only deliver half of the speeds.
Here are some benchmark test results;
- CrystalMark 6.0.2 x64 – 3,150MB/s / 3,064MB/s (Read/Write)
- GeekBench 5 CPU – 1,515 / 4,787 (Single/Multi)
- GeekBench 5 OpenCL – 18,663
- CineBench R20 – 1,492
Aside from having a power-efficient processor, the OLED display has an impact on battery life. The OLED display gives a vibrant yet bright output while using less power.
According to the ASUS specs sheet, the 67Wh lithium-polymer battery able to get you up to 10-hours of usage. On my test with balanced mode, brightness at 50% and run my commonly run applications like web browsing, some photos editing on Adobe Photoshop, music playback on Spotify and of course with Wi-Fi connected, I’m getting around 6 plus hours of usage which more than enough to manage a full day use.
I even try to play a 7 hours series on Netflix with 40% brightness and left with 30% battery which impressed me.
The provided 65W USB C Fast Charger able to charge 0% to 60% in under 50 minutes.
ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED Review
When I was thought of having an OLED display on laptops is a premium feature, ASUS pushes it further with a 4K resolution. The gorgeous display with premium built, making the ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED UX371 one of the most stunning convertible laptops on the market. The only trade off I could bring up is the missing 3.5mm audio jack where I don’t the reason of insufficient space for it.
With an MSRP of RM 6,799, it ousted the closest competition DELL XPS 9310 by a huge margin.