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.

Asus introduced the Taichi in June. Now the first models are up for pre-order. They’re expected to launch on October 26th.

Asus Taichi

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.


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One reply on “Asus Taichi dual-screen ultrabook up for pre-order for $1299 and up”

  1. Any idea what the weight is? Most of these new touch laptops seem to be over 3lbs which I am not interested in!

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