Remember the Asus Taichi 21? Introduced last October, this convertible chimera turned a lot of heads and furrowed a lot of brows. It had not one but two 11.6" screens: a regular one at the front and a multi-touch one at the back, which meant the machine looked—and behaved—like a tablet when folded up.
Asus is now back with a bigger and badder take on the concept. Say hello to the Taichi 31, which trades its sibling's dual 11.6" screens for two 13.3" displays, both with the same 1920x1080 resolution and IPS panel technology.
The Taichi 31 comes with a choice of Core i5-3317U or Core i7-3537U processors, 128 or 256GB of solid-state storage, and 4GB of RAM. Connectivity includes 802.11n Wi-Fi (with WiDi support), Bluetooth 4.0, dual USB 3.0 ports, and Micro HDMI and Mini-VGA display outputs. Asus has built in two webcams, as well: a five-megapixel one at the front (which can shoot 1080p video) and a 720p one at the back. There's even a pressure-sensitive stylus that can be used with the rear display.
According to Asus, the system's 53Wh battery has enough juice for "up to seven hours" of web browsing over a Wi-Fi connection. The Taichi 31 weighs 1.56 kg (3.44 lbs) and measures "17.4 cm" in thickness. I assume the company means 17.4 mm, or 0.69", since the alternative would be a little unwieldy.
Asus' press release doesn't mention pricing, but considering the most affordable Taichi 21 variant costs almost $1200 at Amazon, I wouldn't expect the Taichi 31 to be cheap. Not that it should be—it's hard enough to find an ultrabook with one 1080p IPS display, let alone two.