Asus delays dual-screen hybrid Taichi ultrabooks until Dec. or later

By on November 28, 2012, 2:30 PM

Asus has reportedly delayed the launch of its upcoming dual-screen Taichi ultrabooks. Unveiled at Computex in June, the hybrid systems were originally due to ship in November, soon after last month's release of Windows 8, but an Asus representative has told PCWorld that units aren't likely to hit US shelves until December or later, though no additional details were provided. Given that news, retailers including Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect have halted preorders, which have been ongoing since early October.

Unlike the rotating hinge or similar contraption employed by most hybrid notebook-tablet devices, Asus' Taichi simply packs a display for each mode: one inside the clamshell and one outside. The system's dual 11.6-inch displays have a resolution of 1920x1080 and the exterior panel supports 10-finger multitouch. There are currently two SKUs listed, with the Tachi 21-DH51 having slightly more modest specs than the DH71.

The former is outfitted with a dual-core (quad-thread) 1.7-2.6GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor with 3MB of cache and a 128GB SATA III SSD, while the latter bumps that to a dual-core (quad-thread) 1.9-3GHz i7-3517U with 4MB of cache and a 256GB SSD. Both also have 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, HD Graphics 4000, a 1080p tablet camera and a 720p notebook camera, and a 35Whr battery with up to five hours of life.

Connectivity includes 802.11 Wi-Fi with Intel WiDi support, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, Mini VGA and Micro HDMI 1.4 outputs, two USB 3.0 ports and a combo audio jack. There's also a hardware screen switch button, an array mic and a backlit keyboard. Despite hauling two screens, the system only weighs 2.75lbs (battery included) and measures 12.05 x 7.83 x 0.19-0.69 inches. Pricing is (was?) set at $1,300 and $1,600.




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dotVezz said:

I'll go ahead and say, even though I like most of what ASUS does.... these just don't look practical.

Critica1Hit said:

I'll go ahead and say, even though I like most of what ASUS does.... these just don't look practical.

I actually disagree. I think it's very practical and it's uses include those normally covered by both laptops and tablets and then some... Like in an informal meeting setting where there is no projectors, you can easily search for the information you want your customers to see, and switch your view to theirs (front to back, if that's how its done... otherwise no point...)

My only problem with this design is the back screen (screen used as tablet version) will always be uncovered. And I'm not quite sure how screen covers would look like for them (not to mention how bulky/awkward they may feel)

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