HANDS ON: Asus Taichi and more tablets
31 Aug 2012
Innovative double-screen laptop/tablet hybrid and more tablets launched by Asus
One of the more innovative devices we saw at IFA 2012 was the Asus Taichi, a laptop/tablet hybrid featuring a double-sided screen. We had a quick play and saw the Taichi in action, along with the new Asus Vivo Windows 8 tablets and some other cool new tablet devices.
The Taichi is a standard Windows 8 laptop at first glance, but turn it around and you’ll find another screen on the back of the lid. This secondary display is a touchscreen and supports stylus input, so the Taichi can be used as a tablet when the lid is closed.
Our friendly demonstrator fired up some software called SimpleShow to give us an idea of how else that second screen can be used. While you’re sat behind the keyboard, you can either put out the same image to the other screen so people sat in front of you can see what you’re doing – useful for presentations. You can also throw photos or videos to the other screen while you get on with other stuff.
We had only a brief play, and the full specs are yet to be confirmed, but the Taichi looks like a formidable little device, packing a powerful Intel Core processor into a surprisingly slender frame. Release date and pricing to be announced soon, but Asus is expecting a Q1 2013 launch.
Asus Transformer Book
The last bit of Asus tablet tech we saw was the Transformer Book, an incredibly powerful dockable tablet that follows on from the likes of the Transformer Prime. Packing an Intel Core i7 processor, this is one of the beefiest tablets we’ve seen and is sure to handle your Windows 8 apps and games with ease.
A switch on the dock locks the Transformer Book in place, giving you full freedom to type away on the sizeable board while also using the touch-screen. Simply flick the switch and the tablet lifts free. The demo model we saw wasn’t the finished product, but the final version will come in three sizes: 11.6, 13 and 14-inches, all rocking Full HD resolution for crisp graphics.
If you want a larger-than-norm tablet with some serious horsepower, the Transformer Book is one to keep an eye on. Expect a release in Q1 2013.