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Asus crams Windows 8 and Android 4.1 into one gargantuan tablet (video hands-on)

Melissa J. Perenson | Jan. 9, 2013
The general population might best know Asus for its work on Google's Nexus 7 tablet, but hardcore tech enthusiasts know the Taiwanese company for all its inspired--some may zany--reinterpretations of common computer formfactors. Next in the list of Asus flights of fancy? An all-in-one desktop/tablet combo that doesn't make you choose between Team Windows and Team Android.

Asus's innovative laptops

The two most interesting Asus laptops are both models we saw in 2012, but Asus never announced a release date for either of them--until now, anyway. The Asus Taichi 21, available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models, has a double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. This effectively turns this Ultrabook into a tablet when the lid is closed. The two screens can be used independently of each, but still have access to the Taichi's hardware. Asus will release Intel Core i5 and i7 versions of the Taichi 21, starting at $1299, and it should be available shortly in North America.

Meanwhile, the Transformer Book TX300CA, billed as a convertible Ultrabook, uses a similar approach to Asus' Vivo Tab RT and Transformer Infinity TF700. Pricing is still to be determined, but this model should be in the U.S. in the next couple of months. The display contains an Intel Core i7 processor with HD4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 dual channel RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 3.0. The 13-inch display packs a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution.


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