Asus Unwraps Dual-Screen Combo Notebook/Tablet
Asus will begin selling next month what it said is the world’s first dual-screen combination ultra-portable notebook/multi-touch tablet device: the Taichi.
Described by Asus chairman Jonney Shih as “a fusion of notebook and tablet,” the Windows 8 device, which is priced at $1,299 for the base model (Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GM RAM, 128GB SSD), features back-to-back 11.6-inch 1080p IPS Full HD panels which can be used simultaneously or independent of one another.
It offers a slim profile that tapers to 3mm, weighs 1.25kg (about 2-3/4 pounds), and in standard-use mode, with the lid open, it is an “ultra-portable” notebook, but with the lid closed, it becomes a tablet. The device also features a five-megapixel camera that can record in Full HD 1080p video, and a second 720p HD video camera. Battery life is rated at five hours measured with Wi-Fi Web browsing.
There is a $1,499 model with a 256GB SSD, and the top-line $1,599 model has a stepped-up Intel Core i7-3517U processor and 256 GB SSD.
The company also unveiled a number of other Windows 8-endowed products. They included:
• The Transformer Book, a detachable notebook which features Intel Core i7 processing and becomes a standalone tablet when separated from the keyboard dock;
• The VivoBook S200 and S400 ultra-portables (11.6- and 14-inch; with pricing starting at $499) featuring high-definition screens and multi-touch touchpads; and
• The 23-inch ET2300 all-in-one PC with multi-touch display, featuring high-quality graphics and an unusual double-hinged design that allows it to be folded flat.
Also shown was the VivoTab RT Windows RT tablet (10.1-inch); an optional mobile dock adds a keyboard, multi-touch touchpad and USB port.