Today ASUS announced the final details for the Taichi dual-screen ultrabook first showed off at IFA earlier this year. The Taichi features a display both under the lid and on top of it. This allows users to switch between tablet mode and notebook mode without a complex hinge (like the Lenovo Yoga) as well as easily mirror or share their screen with someone sitting opposite. The Taichi is an interesting new idea in design, just what ASUS needs to stand out from the vast sea of Windows 8 devices coming out this month and next.
The first iteration of the Taichi has 11.6-inch displays that feature full HD resolution (1080p). Down the line ASUS may also release a 13.3-inch model. There will be three configurations at launch, one with a Core i5 3317U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for$1299, a $1499 version with a 256GB SSD, and a $1599 version with a Core i7 3517U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
The Taichi will be available in November in “selected markets”.
See our hands-on video for more details and to see the dual displays in action.