We’ve seen dual-screened notebooks before, but those usually consisted of dual touchscreen tablets joined together with a hinge, where a virtual keyboard could be shown on one side. This one? Unique. Called the Taichi, this notebook is basically a slim-and-light ultrabook that runs on Windows 8, but with a touchscreen display on the outer lid that allows you to use it as a tablet. Check out the video after the break.
A notebook that can be converted into a tablet? A tablet that can turn into a notebook? Yes, Asus already has something like that (it’s called the Transformer), and yes, building a touchscreen that can be rotated on a folding hinge – like those classic Windows tablets that no one found a use for before Apple came up with the iPad – for a cheaper device. The Taichi offers an interesting twist though; aside from performing as a tablet on a tilting stand, the exterior screen can also be used to mirror whatever’s running on the inner screen, letting you show the people across the table what you’re watching or working on.
Despite the slim frame and gimmicky concept, it’s still built to perform. The Taichi runs on spec that tops out with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor along with 4GB of RAM and SSD storage, and features dual cameras and Super IPS+ FHD displays in both 11.3 and 13.3-inch sizes, both with 1920 x 1080 resolutions. Other features include dual-band Wi-fi 802.11n, mini VGA, micro DVI and USB 3.0 ports along the edges.
Pricing and availability wasn’t given out, since it’s basically a prototype that Asus is currently showing off at Computex in Taiwan. As such, it’s possible that it might not even make it to production, but if it ever does, it could take a while since it’s shown running on Windows 8.