Asus showed off a new series of devices called TAICHI at Computex. TAICHI is a tablet that has two touchscreen displays, one at the front, and one at the back, one of which can be flipped over, allowing the device to be converted into a notebook. The two displays can even function separately, which means that they can both hold different contents. It is almost like one has two devices, a tablet and a notebook, except that they are attached to each other.
The innovation is an ingenious feat for Asus, since it gives consumers a preview of the world of possibilities that tablets and notebooks offer when they are fused together. Already, other companies have created convertible tablet-notebook hybrids, but there has yet to be one like Asus, which offers dual screens.
When the device is in notebook mode, the TAICHI is very similar to the Asus Zenbook, a laptop from the same company. One can find a full-sized backlit keyboard and a trackpad that supports multitouch gestures. On the other hand, when it is closed, it looks like other Windows 8 tablet currently available. Users can also take advantage of stylus input when using the device as a tablet on Metro UI. As for the screens, the main one is larger at a measurement of 13.3 inches diagonally, while the secondary tablet screen only spans 11.6 inches.
The device moreover carries a third-generation Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor and a Solid State Disk. Also, it supports dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and packs dual cameras, USB 3.0 ports, a headphones jack, mini VGA, micro DVI, a volume switch, and a lock toggle. Despite the two screens, this device remains lightweight and is comparable to the Asus Zenbook laptops.
The word taichi, of course, in the name of the series refers to an Asian martial art which is practiced both for health and defense. Earlier, Asus showed an advertisement that fuses the words tai and chi to show that two different things, like the notebook and tablet, can work harmoniously with each other when connected.