At first glance the Asus Taichi looks like a typical thin and light ultrabook… if the lid is open. When you close the lid it looks like a tablet. That’s because the Taichi has two displays — one on each side of the lid.
At launch Asus is making two models available. Both have 11.6 inch displays, but there’s a $300 price differences.
The $1299 Asus Taichi 21-DH51 has an Intel Core i5-3317U CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk.
Meanwhile the $1599 Asus Taichi 21-DH71 features an Intel Core i7-3517U CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
Both models feature twin 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS displays with 10-point capacitive multitouch, Windows 8 Home Premium 64-bit, and 5 cell batteries for up to 5 hours of run time.
The Taichi computers have Super IPS+ displays for wide viewing angles, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, and micro VGA ports, and NFC chips.
The Asus Taichi Windows 8 computers also passed through the FCC website this morning.