Asustek’s upcoming offering is a hybrid that could alter how notebook computers are made
By YU-TZU CHIU / JUNE 2012
TWO FACED: The Asus Taichi has is a hybrid of tablet and ultrathin notebook, with screens on both sides of the lid.
27 June 2012—Much has been made in the past week about Microsoft’s move into producing its own Windows 8–based tablets with Ultrabook-like features. But just two weeks prior, one of the big hits at Computex Taipei 2012—the largest information and communications trade show in Asia—seemed to show that superslim notebooks may be heading in a more tablet-like direction.
At a press event on 4 June, when Asustek chairman Jonney Shih turned a closed ultrathin notebook computer into a tablet with only a touch on the lid, the audience applauded and cheered. Shih described the Asus Taichi as “the perfect fusion of notebook and tablet” with “the best balance between technologies and aesthetics.”
The Asus Taichi, a Windows 8 machine running on an Intel Core processor, is equipped with an LED backlit screen on each side of the lid. While the two screens provide access to the same hardware, they are completely independent and can be used simultaneously. The external screen supports the multitouch features you’d expect from a tablet, and with the lid closed, that’s what you get.