ASUS Malaysia: TAICHI™ Ultrabook media event


(VivoTab Smart, VivoTab, MeMO Pad and Taichi)

Today, ASUS Malaysia present us the latest creation from Taiwanese PC manufacturer through a Technical Seminar + Media Launch event at The Ritz-Carlton. Introduced a unqiue design Windows 8 ultrabook laptop, dubbes as “ASUS TAICHI 21“.

The main different from other manufactures’s Ultrabook (that provides flip panel, ratate-able screen or lid that open up to 180 degree) is Asus Taichi offers two full-HD screens (Outward-facing display and Internal display) instead of one. Check out the full spec at http://goo.gl/16rLH. The introduction price of Asus Taichi will be RM 3,999 and will be available from week 5 of January 2013 at Asus Resellers.


(Asus Taichi with backlit keyboard light on)

Features

  • powerful 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3317u processor, HD Graphics 4000, 256GB SATA III SSD, 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • slim profile with thickness of 3mm at front and 16.5mm at rear, weighs 1.25kg
  • main camera 5-megapixel autofocus 1080p FHD 30fps, second camera 720P HD camera
  • large touchpad, full-sized Backlit chiclet keyboard with ambient light sensor, bluettoth 4.0, 2 x USB 3.0
  • instant on that always resume in 2 seconds
  • SonicMaster audio co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® and noise-suppressing array microphones
  • 178° wide angle dual screen,
      – internal screen: 11.6″ 1080p matte IPS display (not touch-capable) with 280 nits backlight support
      – outward-facing screen: 11.6″ Corning® Fit Glass 10 point multi-touch 1080p IPS display, 250 nits backlight support

  • (Corning® Fit Glass explanation slide)

    There is a dedicated “Taichi” button on keyboard which brings up custom Taichi Home-Screen (Metro styled) interface with fast access to: Asus cloud, Supernote, battery saving mode, music mode and the 4 display mode switch.


    (“Taichi” key button, the one with half blue color)


    (“Taichi” key button will bring you to this home screen, 4 icons on top right is the display mode selections)

    4 display modes of Asus Taichi

  • Notebook mode: full pc experience with 11.6″ matte screen internal display that perform just like good old day
  • Tablet mode: close the lid down to use the 11.6″ FHD multi-touchscreen display 
  • Mirror screen: replicates the content from the internal screen to Outward-facing screen, as a presentation
  • Dual Screen: allows you to show different content on outward screen, as extended display with touch enable

  • (combo audio jack, USB, Asus Taichi volume rocker, mini VGA port and screen lock switch)


    (power button, micro HDMI, USB, and power in)

    Through the technical seminar, these are some other notes:

  • physical volume rocker on left side, same as those on smartphones that helps easy acess to volume
  • though Taichi is lightweight as a notebook, but is heavy to be held as a tablet
  • while “Dual screen mode”, a small window on the desktop will show what the outward-facing screen is showing
  • outward-facing lid screen is a finger marks magnet
  • switching between the various display modes will take sometimes to get used
  • up to 5 hours of battery life (Wi-Fi web browsing) and standby time of 2 weeks
  • there will be a 13.3-inch Asus Taichi 31 coming and a “maybe” a Dual-touchscreen Asus Taichi in future
  • support up to 256 pressure levels with the battery-powered N-trig DuoSense Pen (reference: engadget.com)
  • Photos and videos from the event

    Comments (2)

    Jess

    Is that possible for us to have a glimpse on it before the release date? In Midvalley?

    5 years ago

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