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ASUS reveals the TAICHI dual-screen ultrabook

ASUS reveals the TAICHI dual-s...
TAICHI is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors, features SSD storage and DDR3 system memory, and comes with built-in dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity
TAICHI is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors, features SSD storage and DDR3 system memory, and comes with built-in dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity
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TAICHI is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors, features SSD storage and DDR3 system memory, and comes with built-in dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity
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TAICHI is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors, features SSD storage and DDR3 system memory, and comes with built-in dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity
ASUS says that its TAICHI ultrabook/tablet will come in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors
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ASUS says that its TAICHI ultrabook/tablet will come in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors
When closed, TAICHI can be used as a tablet computer, with multi-touch display and support for stylus input
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When closed, TAICHI can be used as a tablet computer, with multi-touch display and support for stylus input
The new ASUS TAICHI was launched at Computex 2012
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The new ASUS TAICHI was launched at Computex 2012
The lid of the TAICHI is home to dual FHD/IPS panels, each at 1920 x 1080 resolution, which are said to utilize the same hardware, but are independent of one another
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The lid of the TAICHI is home to dual FHD/IPS panels, each at 1920 x 1080 resolution, which are said to utilize the same hardware, but are independent of one another
Jonney Shih from ASUS introduces the new TAICHI at Computex 2012
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Jonney Shih from ASUS introduces the new TAICHI at Computex 2012
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There's no denying that tablet computers have carved out quite a substantial niche over the past couple of years, but they're not exactly an ideal productivity solution for those of us who spend much of our lives tapping away on a keyboard. Lenovo generated a flutter of excitement at CES 2010 when the company revealed its intention to combine tablet convenience with the power of a notebook in the form of the U1. Sadly, this concept hasn't yet made it beyond prototyping, but ASUS actually delivered somewhat similar functionality with its Eee Pad Transformer series. Now, the company has revealed a new ultrabook that also has a multi-touch tablet on the outer face of the lid. Full specs for the TAICHI are a little thin at the moment, but here's what we do know.

ASUS says that its TAICHI ultrabook/tablet will come in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors, although the pre-production prototype introduced by the company's Jonney Shih at Computex 2012 in Taipai, Taiwan earlier this month was of the former size. The lid of both models is home to dual FHD/IPS panels, each at 1920 x 1080 resolution, which are said to utilize the same hardware, but are independent of one another.

Jonney Shih from ASUS introduces the new TAICHI at Computex 2012
Jonney Shih from ASUS introduces the new TAICHI at Computex 2012

This effectively means that users will be able to mirror the notebook display on the multi-touch tablet panel on outer surface of TAICHI's lid, useful for cozy business presentations, sharing video chat sessions with friends or family, or showing of home videos and photos without having to squeeze in front of a screen. That glossy outer surface does look to be quite the fingerprint magnet, though, but that's perhaps a small price to pay for such functionality.

The tablet panel will support stylus input, which is thought to have been made possible courtesy of N-trig technology, a grid-based system which supports up to 256 pressure levels – although there's been nothing official on this from ASUS.

The ASUS TAICHI is reported to weigh about the same as an ASUS Zenbook Prime, is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors, features SSD storage and DDR3 system memory, and comes with built-in dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.

There's a full-size, chiclet-style backlit QWERTY keyboard and trackpad, front and rear HD cameras and B&O ICEpower and ASUS SonicMaster audio. It's also been made NFC-capable, and has an e-compass and gyroscopic sensors.

ASUS Taichi dual screen Windows 8 notebook - Computex 2012

It's a little early for pricing and availability information, but rumor has it that the TAICHI could be delivered as soon as October of this year. We'll certainly be keeping a close eye on this interesting device and will bring news as it surfaces.

Source: ASUS

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8 comments
Tony Smale
Is there really a market for this?
I can understand people wanting transforming tablet/laptop combo's, but two screens in one?
John Parkes
An e-reader screen would be more useful as a back of display item...for me. i dislike reading from a backlit display and nothing beats the real paper and ink feel of good e-readers.
phissith
Well I have Acer Touch Book, first of its kind, running the latest Windows 8 and I can tell you, I hardly used the bottom screen. Also what a battery hog two screen it is going to be. I like Lenovo U1 project better!
Francois Retief
Now if you can flip the one screen over and have a dual screen Tablet PC ... that would get me interested. Without that it seems like a waste.
Charles Bosse
... well I think it's pretty cool. I would buy one, but I think I would rather stick with Android (also, it's a little too heavy for a tablet).
Jon Badger
Nice specs particularly the 1080p screen resolution. It is nice to see screen resolutions getting so good on small screens. However why use 2 screens? Why not make it so it has one touch screen that can twist/tern to face in or out. It would be cheaper, less battery consuming and let touch screen be used in notebook mode.
symon419
Asus announcement about their touchscreen netbook is hardly news, I'll admit its very stylish but I think you'll find that Acer have already got there first with their Acer Iconia Dual Touchscreen Laptop which has an i5 processor
phissith
okay to change my mind, I think I would kill for this laptop. On 1 side it's a tablet, on another side became a laptop, Asus didn't intend for people to use both screens simultaneously, starting to make sense and then if u wanted to you could use both screens as an option! Way Better than bulky Lenovo U1! and who could pass up having the Dual screens laptop cool factor?