Yesterday, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) approved Asus’s innovative laptop-tablet hybrid called Taichi which is now available for pre-order in the US starting at $1299.99.
The upcoming Asus’s Taichi 21 has a dual display and offers both the performance of a notebook and a tablet. It looks like a standard ultrabook with an 11.6-inch touch screen when in laptop mode at first sight and it can turn another 11.6-inch touchscreen on the back of the panel into a tablet mode when we close the laptop. The hybrid laptop-tablet will come with Windows 8.
The Asus Taichi 21 has two versions DH51 and DH71 according to different processor types. The Taichi 21 DH5 is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) storage and costs $1,299 at Amazon.com, B&H and TigerDirect.
Taichi 21 DH71 is packed with a Core i7 processor which is clocked at 1.9GHz with a 256GB SSD storage , which can be ordered from $1,599 onwards.
These hybrid laptop tablets have Dual 11.6-inch IPS Full HD display (1920×1080) with 10-finger touch for notebook and tablet functionality, weighs about 1.27 kilograms and also has a 5 megapixel webcam. These will offer up to five hours of battery on a 6-cell battery, 4GB of memory, Intel integrated graphics, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The laptops have a micro-HDMI port and two USB 3.0 ports. These hybrid laptop-tablets will ship on Oct. 26.
Additionally, Asus also has started taking pre-orders for the Vivobook X202. Compared to the Taichi, the Vivobook X202 has slightly lower specs — it comes with a Core i3 processor, an 11.6-inch LED Backlight HD (1366X768) capacitive touch panel with multi-touch functionality, weighs 1.3 kilograms and 4 GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. There is no solid-state storage device. It offers five hours of run time on one charge of a 2-cell battery. It can be ordered at $599.
Yesterday, at an interview with Asus’s CEO, Bloomberg UTV captured a pre-view video of the Asus Taichi among others. You can watch the Youtube video below.