Asus announces availability of the Taichi 31 dual-display notebook
Asus replaced what is normally a screen/lid combo on most contemporary notebooks with a double-sided LED-backlit IPS display for its Taichi 21 Ultrabook. Launched late last year, the Taichi 21 was the first dual-screened hybrid laptop ever to hit the market. The Taiwanese manufacturer has now returned with a new family member to its back-to-back screen Ultrabooks dubbed Taichi 31 and employing dual 13.3-inch full HD displays.
Like its smaller brother, the Taichi 31 sports a touch-screen display on the outside of the lid hoping to achieve the role of both Ultrabook and tablet in a single device. Though it can mirror information on both screens, it is also capable of running separate applications on each screen simultaneously.
The Taichi 31 is available with a choice of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro although Asus’ own specifications page makes mention of SDRAM options being limited to 4 GB (DDR3 1600 MHz). Processor options include an Intel Core i5 3317U, i7 3517U or an i7 3537U. Choice for storage is between a 128GB and 256GB SSD, while interfaces include a mini VGA port, micro HDMI, and two USB 3.0 ports. Also noteworthy are the backlit keyboard and audio that Asus has developed together with Bang & Olufsen.
Though Asus has announced availability of the Taichi 31 Ultrabook, the press release regrettably fails to mention any retail partners or pricing of specific versions.