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 1920×1080 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.