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IFA: Asus shows off Taichi, Transformer Book, Zenbook U500VZ and Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch

Taiwanese firm touts upcoming Windows 8 Zenbooks and netbooks
Wed Aug 29 2012, 17:54
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IFA WAS THE STAGE Asus used today to show off its opening wave of Windows 8 powered devices.

Asus unveiled the Taichi earlier this year at Computex and it has the unique selling point of being an Ultrabook with two screens.

The first screen is designed for normal laptop and keyboard use while the second, which sits on the Taichi's outer lid, is meant to be used like a tablet when the laptop is closed.


One of the Taichi's most interesting features is that both of its screens can operate independently and simultaneously, meaning that theoretically two people could use it at once.

Asus has remained tight lipped about specifications, simply saying that the Taichi will come with third generation Intel chips, SSD storage and fast dual-band WiFi.

Transformer Book
Asus claims the Transformer Book is the world's first convertible notebook, being able to work both as a traditional laptop and as a tablet.

Despite running Windows 8, the device features the same design seen in Asus' Android Transformer series tablets, featuring a detachable tablet section that can be connected to a dedicated keyboard docking station.

ASUS Transformer Book Windows 8

Inside however the Transformer Book promises to be far more impressive than its Android siblings. Asus said the the new Transformer Book will have an unspecified Intel chip rather than the low-power ARM-based components featured in previous Android Transformer models.

There's no word on the prices or release dates of any of the devices, though they're expected to arrive around the same time as the Windows 8 launch in October.

Check back with The INQUIRER closer to that date for full reviews of Asus' new line.

Zenbook U500VZ
The U500 follows the same pattern as Asus previous Zenbooks, offering users a slim, travel friendly device, measuring just 19.7mm thick.

The Zenbook U500VZ

Visually the U500 looks similar to the original Zenbook and its successor the Zenbook Prime. Inside however it comes loaded with a more powerful, third generation quad-core Intel Core I7 chip and an Nvidia GT650M GPU.

The U500VZ also offers an option to splash out for a 128GB SSD and 500GB hard drive with dual SSD drives. The new Zenbook also has a 15in full HD IPS display complete with anti-glare coating.

Zenbook Prime UX21A
Asus also showed off the UX21A during its IFA opening talk. THe UX21A is unique as the first of Asus' Zenbook range to feature a touchscreen, letting it take full advantage of Microsoft's soon to be release Window 8 operating system.

The Zenbook Prime UX21A

In terms of specifications, the UX21A will feature a full HD super IPS+ screen and a 256GB SSD and will be powered by an unnamed third generation Intel Core processor. µ


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