HYBRID LAPTOP TABLET FANS will be able to get their hands on the Asus Taichi within the next few months, as the Taiwanese hardware firm has told The INQUIRER that the device definitely will launch by the end of the year.
"There is no release date yet but it will definitely come before Christmas," Asus told The INQUIRER while demoing the Taichi at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin on Friday.
Asus unveiled the Taichi, which combines a standard laptop with a touchscreen tablet on the outside top cover, at the Computex show in Taiwan in June. The unique approach Asus has taken to the hybrid model has led to speculation in the market as to whether the device will ever see a release date.
While other computer makers have focused on developing hybrid models that offer a detachable tablet section, the Taichi features dual screens on the inside and outside of the laptop lid that can be used simultaneously when open or as a tablet when closed.
We can't imagine there will be much call for this dual screen use in practice, as the viewing angles would be too awkward. However, if the tablet is priced at a good point, it could prove popular with users who want a full laptop and a tablet without needing to carry around two devices.
You can read our Asus Taichi hands-on review for specifications and more details. µ
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