Recently, we were able to take a closer look at ASUS' upcoming Taichi, a laptop/tablet with two screens. One of the Taichi's screens is positioned on the 'laptop' side, with the other being integrated into the cover, the 'table side'. The device can be used as both a tablet and a laptop, but the screen on the rear can also duplicate the laptop display, or even extend it.
The Taichi will be available in two versions: an 11.6-inch (ASUS Taichi 21) and a 13-inch model (ASUS Taichi 31). Both devices have a Full HD IPS-panel on either side, but only the screen on the rear registers touch input. The technology and design of the system is reminiscent of ASUS' Zenbook Prime notebooks, meaning that efficient Ultrabook technology and an SSD are present here as well. The Taichi offers micro VGA, micro HDMI and 2x USB 3.0. WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are integrated. The samples we got our hands on featured Wireless USB as well; whether this will be featured in the final version of the device is still unclear. The 11.6" Taichi weighs 1.2 kg, while the 13-inch model tips the scales at 1.56 kg.
The basic configuration of the 11.6-inch version consists of an Intel Core i5-3317U, 4 GB of memory and a 128 GB SSD. It has a recommended price of € 1299 (£1050). The 13.3-inch version with the same specifications will be priced € 1499 (£1200). A more luxurious model, equipped with a 256 GB SSD and an Intel Core i7-3517U processor, is available at a price of € 1699 (£1365).
The menu allows you to switch between the Taichi's different modes.