TAIPEI: Asus has unveiled a line of notebooks, tablets and all-in-one PCs running the Windows 8 operating system (OS) at Computex as yet another hardware firm commits to Microsoft's forthcoming platform.
Speaking at an Asus keynote, chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the Taichi (pictured above) and the Transformer Book notebooks that both convert into tablet computers in different ways.
The Taichi notebook is what Asus has dubbed a "notebook-tablet fusion" where an LED-backlit IPS/FHD display is doubled up on both the front and back of the lid. The latter is multi-touch enabled so it can be used as a tablet when the lid is closed and the keyboard is concealed.
Asus said that the Taichi's two screens are completely independent of one another meaning it can be used simultaneously by two different users face-to-face.
Powered by Intel's Core i7 CPU and running on Windows 8, the Taichi will come in 13.3in and 11.6in models.
Dimensions are yet to be confirmed but Asus said it is as light and as thin as the Zenbook Ultrabook, which should make it around 17.7mm thick and just over 1kg for the 11in model and 17mm thick and 1.3kg for the 13in version.
Dubbed "the world's first convertible notebook", Asus' Transformer Book allows users to switch between a notebook and tablet by detaching the screen from the keyboard. It works in a similar way to the Transformer Pad tablet.
Powered by Intel's Core i7 Ivy Bridge with 4GB DDR3 RAM, USB3.0 connectivity and SSD storage, Asus said it will be the lightest and thinnest tablet on the market and will come in 11.6in, 13in and 14in sizes.
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