Windows 8 just got cooler: Asus unveils 'Taichi' dual-screen ultrabook

At Computex 2012 in Taipei, Taiwanese PC maker Asus unveiled a new Windows 8 ultrabook design that features a full-sized HD IPS touchscreen display on the "lid" portion of the device. This second screen allows the device to be used as a tablet when the lid is closed, or as a presentation/screen-sharing tool when it is open.

The Asus Taichi is currently a working design, and Asus says the specs are not yet finalized. However, the company says the Taichi will be available in both 11.6ā€ and 13.3ā€ profiles, will have third generation Intel Core processors with 4 GB of DDR3 memory, and an undisclosed amount of SSD-based storage.

It will have a backlit QWERTY keyboard and trackpad similar to the forthcoming Zenbook Prime, and will offer a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI jack as well as mini DisplayPort, and 3.5mm combo in/out audio jack. There will also be a volume rocker, power button, and rotation lock for when the device is being used like a tablet, and it will support stylus-based input as well as multi-touch finger input.

Asus has not announced any pricing or availability yet, but the company says more details will be released when Windows 8 is released.

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