ASUS Shows Off Windows 8 Desktop+Tablet TAICHI, New Transformer Tablets
June 4, 2012 12:10 PM
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Intel and Microsoft will be pleased with wealth of x86, Windows 8 designs
part Windows 8
; it's part Android. It's part desktop, it's part ginormous 18.4-inch tablet.
I. Tablet + Desktop = Madness (Meet the Transformer AiO)
"desktoplet", unveiled this week at
in Taiwan, is a pretty intriguing product from
Computer, Inc. (
The Transformer AiO is one of the biggest tablets out there.
While primarily a desktop, it has a button, which will allow it to switch into Android mode. It also features a jumbo multi-touch display and finger-oil resistant coating to make your huge new tablet slightly less disgusting.
The desktop-cum-tablet packs reportedly will
pack an ARM architecture chip
. Pricing hasn't been announced yet.
II. TAICHI Dual-Wields
Aside from the AiO, ASUSTek also was showing off the "
". Named after the ancient Chinese martial art, which promotes flexibility and circulation, the new laptop-cum-tablet is an exercise in extravagance. Rather than resorting to a fancy swivel latch à la the Lenovo Group Ltd.'s (
) Yoga, ASUSTek simply puts a screen on the
of the laptop lid and calls it a day.
ASUSTek TAICHI dual-wields LCD touchscreens
This dual-screen-wielding laplet will be available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch flavors. Each will feature an Intel Corp. (
Core i7 processor
(quad-cores), 4 GB of DRAM, an SSD, dual-cameras, USB 3.0 (x2), mini-DVI, mini-VGA, 802.11n, and a backlit keyboard. The device is quite slender, about as thick as a ZenBook.
ASUSTek's screen weighs in at 1920x1080 pixels and is of the FHD/Super-IPS+ variety.
Sadly no pricing is available on the pair of TAICHI, like the Transformer AiO.
III. Transformer Books Switch to Windows 8
Last, but not least; ASUSTek gave some love to its veteran Transformer line, with detachable screen
laplets. With a
court victory over Hasbro
, Inc. (HAS) freeing it to use the popular name, ASUSTek looks
recover from the sales flop
of the Transformer Prime.
Towards that end it will be launching Transformer Prime laplets of sizes 11.6-, 13-, and 14-inches, base on Intel Core (
) processors. The units reportedly also feature discrete graphics, although it's unclear whether this will reside in the detachable lid or in the keyboard base. There are digital cameras in the front and back (like the TAICHI) and 4 GB of DRAM. Users can pick between SSDs and traditional hard-drives for this model line.
The Transformer Book looks somewhat like a MacBook Pro but packs a touch surprise.
As with rivals like Hewlett-Packard
, Comp. (
) ASUSTek's design aesthetics (brushed silver aluminum case, black Chiclet keyboard, etc.)
narrowly mirrors Apple
, Inc.'s (
) MacBook Pro.
These Transformer Books were shown running Windows 8, though it's possible Android dual-boot could be in the works.
IV. Tablet 600 Pairs Windows 8 and Tegra
ASUSTek's latest (but perhaps not final) Windows 8 themed announcement was the
. Similar to the Transformer models in layout, the Tablet 600 runs Windows 8 RT with a Tegra 3 quad-core ARM CPU from NVIDIA Corp. (
). The 10.1 inch screen disappoints slightly with a 1366x768 pixel resolution, but this hybrid looks otherwise solid with 2 GB of DRAM and an 8 megapixel camera.
Tablet 600 running Windows 8 RT [Image Source: The Verge]
Pricing has not been announced.
If there's one thing clear from all these product announcements and
new products from rivals like Acer
, Inc. (
) it's that top manufacturers appear sold on Microsoft Corp.'s (
) new vision of laptop convertibles. Of course that's also a vision championed by Android-maker Google, Inc. (
the chagrin of Apple
). However, it appears that in terms of hybrids Microsoft is gaining the upper hand, with Windows 8 and its slick Metro UI dominating in the new product shown, with Android being relegated to dual boot and a handful of new designs.
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6/6/2012 2:34:25 AM
Yes, for now the prices of AIO seems high due to high cost of development/design and will drop very quickly in time due to low demand. It is market forces after all. Compared to the iMac of Apple, these AIO needs to be around 1/2 to 2/3 the price of Apple to be competitive. If it is close to 80% the price of iMac, they will lose out almost for sure.
So expect a variety of AIO sizes to come up including semi-portable ones with batteries that could do 2-3 hrs without mains.
I see the tablet with keyboard dock as being the wrong design approach. One design I would like to see is a slide out keyboard which is very thin (like Apple wireless kbd) that is clipped to the case and has a coil wire to allow for some movement of the keyboard while on a desk. The tablet will slide out a couple of stands to hold it either landscape or portrait mode. Of course the detachable keyboard can be removed completely and not used if not required. This way there is no hinge/connector engineering needed, hence low-cost.
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