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Chromebook Flip Gets The Hands On Video Treatment

ASUS Chromebook Flip

The Flip has been getting the once-over by YouTubers

The ASUS Chromebook Flip has become one of this year’s most anticipated Chromebooks.

And for good reason.

The notebook features a 10.1-inch touch display that flips back 360 degrees to create a Chrome OS tablet, triggering Chrome’s on-screen keyboard and full-screen window management feature.

matte aluminium body (think MacBook) and IPS screen pushing a respectable HD resolution (1366×768) also add to the appeal.

The Chromebook Flip should be sufficient for most tasks as it’s powered by a Rockchip RK3288 ARM processor, a quad-core chip running at 1.8GHz. This will deliver performance roughly on-par with an Intel Bay Trail Chromebook, like the Toshiba Chromebook 2.

Chromebook Flip: Hands On Video

While still a few months away from going on sale in the US the device has been getting demoed at various trade shows and press events, most recently in India.

This means there are now a stream of hands-on videos appearing online.

One recorded this past week, and embedded below, reveals that the device will now come with 2GB of RAM rather than the 4GB touted in the announcement.

While this could be a mistake or misunderstanding on someone’s part, it may also suggest there will there be two models, one sporting better specs than the other (as is the case with most Chromebooks).

The positioning of the speakers on the bottom of the device may muffle sound when used in laptop mode but in tablet mode this shouldn’t be an issue.

Thankfully the rest of the video reveals no other surprises. The 16GB storage quota remains consistent with ASUS’ earlier press release, and the full bevy of USB and micro-USB charging ports plus the tiny microSD card slot remain in tact.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is set to go on sale in July in the US for $249 and in India at a price yet to be announced.

Check out the video below to seen the folding and flipping feature in full flow. Be sure to leave your thoughts (too small? too cute?) on the device in the comments section below.

  • G Ma

    I want one

  • I wasn’t sure I liked the idea, but now I’m reconsidering…I think 10″ is a perfect screen size for a laptop/tablet combo

  • Tom M

    I had considered a tablet before getting a Toshiba CB2, but all the wireless keyboards I’d tried didn’t work well. I’ve been quite happy with the laptop format. But the ASUS Flip shown here would be on my short list to check out. Having looked @ MS 8 & 8.1 devices, both laptop and tablet combos, it became extremely obvious that below $500 USD the MS based devices were garbage. Even between $500 to $750 you’ld feel like you wasted your money buying an MS OS device. This could sway a lot of people if it works well. ASUS, please get this right.

    • James Bell

      I’ve had Windows run wonderfully on the $99 HP Stream 7. I’m not sure what you’re talking about. 8.1 can run just fine on pretty low end hardware.

      • Tom M

        1. Great that you’re Win experience is fine for now.
        2. Much of the hardware I’ve tried out at a similar price point to a CB is compromised to pay the windows tax. You don’t get windows for free, you lease it.
        3. The 8.1 GUI is only mediocre and works best with a touch screen. I’ve been using MS since DOS 3.0 and found that more efficient.
        4. I kept reading of case after case where the low end windows computers would have hardware failures and/or conflicts without resolution. These reviews were all too often corroborated by store employees

        It’s great that you’ve had success, but from what I’ve seen the CB platform works better at the same price points. Just my opinion

        • James Bell

          1. Yeah, it is. Of all things, the speed of Windows 8.1 is not something I’ve heard anyone complain about.
          2. The HP Stream 13 has matching specs to other Chromebooks in the same price range and performs better than most of them. Don’t forget that Windows 8.1 with Bing is free, so there’s no “tax” in this price range.
          3. Click on the desktop tile. You’re done. If you can’t figure that out you shouldn’t be using a computer. Besides, a free update this summer (Windows 10) will fix everyone’s inability to make one click.
          4. Source?

          You don’t think there’s a Google tax? When you use their free products, you BECOME the product. They sell your personal information for ads. I don’t want that, and I don’t want to live in Google’s walled garden. What Google is doing would be a noble venture if they were doing it for the sake of computing, but they just want to boost ad revenue. That’s all it’s about. I know Microsoft is far from perfect, but at least I’m relatively free to do what I want with Windows.

          I’d honestly rather Canonical and Mozilla make a “Firefoxbook” or something. I would totally buy that. Those companies are only interested in moving computing forward, not making me their product.

          • Tom M

            Hey, chill out, I’m happy for you. Enjoy your computer! Seriously.
            As I stated, much of what I said is my opinion. Take it or leave it.

            Long story short, I’m not here to troll or flame others.

            What I find great is that we are talking about computers that actually work and are usefull for well under $500. It wasn’t long ago that a “real” computer cost about $2k & it stayed that way for roughly 20 years.

            You’re even spoiled for choice of OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, maybe soon Firefox OS, etc…

            A Chromebook isn’t a be all things to everyone computer. Sometimes you still need a full computer. Choose the right tool for your needs.

          • Drew Ciccotelli

            I am Product. Are you my creator?

  • David Mulder

    A *respectable* resolution!?!? I hope that was sarcastic… at best a resolution of 1366×768 is acceptable in certain rare cases.

    • I must be a rare case then.

    • Spencer Campbell

      At 10.1 inches the pixel density would really good though. i have a 14″ ultrabook with the same resolution.
      720×1280 is the cutoff for HD, after all.

  • There is nothing better than Asus ;)

  • Ales

    I don’t get it. We live in 2015 now and the device has only 2 GB of ram…
    Yes, I know, chrome doesn’t need that much ram… but if I’m looking for a new chromebook in 2015, I want it to have it at least 4GB.

    So I’m still waiting for my dream-chromebook…
    It should have between 11-13″, with 4GB of ram an a good looking IPS display.
    Is there such a device out there? For me a IPS display is a must-have. I would spend up to $600,- for it. The pixel 2 would be perfect – but it’s too expensive imho.

    I ordered a Toshiba CB2 (FHD) nearly 2 months ago, but it seem’s it’s not available in Germany/Austria.

    So I have to wait…. or maybe buy another chromebook. :/

    • liamdools

      “chrome doesn’t need that much ram”

      • It may be because of the SSD, but my Samsung Series 3 works fine in low RAM situations.

  • Dave Bush

    Did you really put “respectable HD resolution” and “(1366×768)” next to each other with a straight face? You’re trolling us, right?

    • Not trolling, no :)

      A standard HD resolution on a 10.1″ screen is respectable given the size of the screen. It could’ve easily used the old ‘standard’ resolution for 10-inch netbooks 1024 x 600.

      Anything larger than HD and text, buttons, etc would’ve been rather tiny. It is a 10.1 inch screen, after all.

    • Bill Anderson

      Anything better than 720p (1280×720) can be called HD. 1080p stuff gets call “Full HD”… Fun with marketing…

  • atc-tech

    Hey, where did the July release details come from? I was planning on getting one of theses, but I thought they were coming in May/June?

    Thanks for the video!

  • dourscot

    What’s with the sub-titles? The guy is perfectly understandable.

    • zoomer296

      They’re there just in-case your speakers are muffled.

      • What you did there, I see it.

        • zoomer296

          You could say it was………tomfoolery.

  • Therok1984

    < ?????? +dilbert +*********…..