ASUS first showed us its Taichi 21 hybrid Ultrabook, during the Computex and IFA conferences. Back then we were told that an 11.6" and a 13" model would be available, equipped with two 1920x1080 IPS screens. The multi-touch functionality tablet has an x86 processor, while the laptop runs on an Ivy Bridge chip, combined with solid-state storage and a dual-band 802.11n WiFi adaptor. The screen on the front can be used while the notebook is open, while the one on the back turns on as the laptop is closed.
The 11.6" version of ASUS' Taichi 21 is less than 25 mm thick, and is equipped with a Core i5-3317U or Core i7-3517U CPU, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4 GB of memory, either a 128 GB or 256 GB solid-state drive, dual USB 3.0, Bang & Olufsen speakers with ICE-power technology, 802.11n WiFi, two HD cameras and a 6-cell battery, which should last up to five hours on a single charge.
ASUS has installed Windows 8 Home Premium 64-bit on its hybrid Ultrabooks. The cheapest model, the Taichi 21-DH51, features a Core i5 CPU, 128 GB SSD and a $1300 (£808) pricetag. The Taichi 21-DH651 has the i7 CPU and 256 GB SSD. This model costs $1600 (£995).