Computex 2012: Asus Unveils Taichi, a laptop with two screens

Computex 2012: Asus Unveils Taichi, a laptop with two screens

Sarandë : Albania | Jun 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM PDT
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Asus promised something new for this edition of Computex 2012 and it is clear that the manufacturer had not lied. Among other tablets, laptops and computers all in one, which will be discussed, the CEO of Asus unveiled at a press conference an original concept called Taichi, it looks like a laptop Pavilion DV6 with two screens. The first faces the user, while the second takes place on the top cover.

Two screens for a single laptop? Asus seeks to address this challenge at the Computex 2012 with the presentation of Taichi, a new family of ultra declined in versions 11.6 or 13.3 inches. The concept? A frame whose top cover does not carry one, but two LCD panels: one has to face the user, while the second replaces the top cover. Once closed, the computer is used as a tablet.

This integration also allows unexpected to imagine other usage scenarios, such as sharing a presentation between two people facing each other, when playing a movie from the outside screen when not available enough space to open the chassis properly.

Not content to be tactile and multipoint (up to ten contacts), both IPS panels integrated Taichi display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. For Jonney Shih, CEO of Asus and emcee at the event, the feat is to be able to assemble these two screens, and a configuration PC high-end x86, within a frame which dimensions would not exceed those of Zenbook marketed today by the manufacturer.

Logically with Windows 8, Taichi adopt a configuration-based Core i7 processor with 4GB of RAM and storage provided, optionally, by an SSD or hard drive. Connectivity is no exception, with two USB 3.0 ports, VGA output and mini mini DVI, plus a controller 802.11n WiFi. Two webcams are also integrated over each of the two screens.

The configuration is thus similar to that of a conventional ultrabook, except that this laptop has the potential to turn into real tablet once closed, since the top screen remains perfectly accessible. Transforming shelves alongside trying to get to the PC with the addition of a keyboard / docking station, Asus plays a new card on the table of hybridization. In practice remains to be seen whether the benefits arising from this second screen justify the extra cost it will not fail to arouse. Price and release date have so far not been disclosed, but it seems clear that Taichi will not see the day before, at best, the end of the year.

Eighteen months after entering the market, the technology developed by Intel Thunderbolt is still reserved for the Mac. The founder of Santa Clara promises that the situation will change by the end of the year many manufacturers have already begun, he said, to have their product associated certification program.

Presented in 2007 under the name LightPeak, Thunderbolt technology has really entered the market in 2011. Since then she has had only limited success, and for good reason: only Apple computers today ship the controller needed to trade it allows very high speed (of the order of 10 Gb / s, or 1.25 GB / s, bidirectional).

The deal, however, should change in the course of 2012, with the opening of the certification program to ratifer Thunderbolt and compatible products for the PC world. At a press briefing held in pre-opening of Computex, Intel has promised Monday the arrival of many new products and accessories for Thunderbolt.

Many of them were also exposed, in order to illustrate the possibilities offered by Thunderbolt. In the lot, there are particularly dedicated to storage devices (external hard drives, NAS), multimedia-oriented devices (standalone drives) or monitors.

Today, vendors are working to certify their products on Windows, said Thomas Swinford, vice president in the Intel Architecture Group. The ratification process focuses on the drivers for Windows: history has mounted that the introduction of new protocols of this type was not going smoothly at this level and Intel seems to have decided to do his best to prevent occurrence of certain past mistakes ...

The founder also stressed that the end of 2012 would see the arrival in the distribution of new cables Thunderbolt cheaper than the few currently available models. Intel also claims that the first optical cables - that will allow lengths of about 20m, 3m up against models for copper, will be launched by the end of the year.

Amidst the Thunderbolt devices were finally motherboards equipped with the adequate controller, many of which were unveiled in recent weeks. In batch, models signed MSI, Asus, Gigabyte and Foxconn, and several motherboards produced by Intel itself, including a miniature mini ITX format. It also expects that to be unveiled this week several computers and tablets compatible with Thunderbolt, like the Aspire S5 presented earlier in the year by Acer.

It is that Acer is back this year the honor of opening press conferences associated with the 2012 edition of Computex. The Taiwanese unveiled its future range of Windows machines 8: Tablet computers all-in-one through the ultrabooks, Acer intends to rely on all market segments.

Acer as to its main competitors, the arrival of Windows 8 involves the highlighting of specific products, presented Monday in Taiwan, on the eve of the opening of the exhibition Computex 2012. Three new products were announced at that time: the series of ultrabooks S7, turned toward the high end, the convertible tablet Iconia W510 and a new line of computers all in one, dubbed Aspire U.

"Windows 8 is as important as were Windows 95 or Windows 98 in their time," argued JT Chang, CEO of Acer, during a press conference. Democratization of touch, instant start and new distribution channels for software would, in his opinion, an important engine of innovation for all stakeholders.

The launch of the new operating system from Microsoft will see the introduction by Acer, a new range of ultrabooks, the S7. Available in two models of 11.6 and 13.3 inches, it adopts a new design, more ambitious than was that of S3 and S5. So they adopt a touchscreen (Full HD and can be opened 180 degrees), the overall thickness not exceeding 10 mm, which would make the PC from Acer's finest moment.

At this stage, the manufacturer does not detail the configuration, but it seems likely that he chose to trust the latest processors from Intel Ivy Bridge. Acer promises of autonomy noon on version 13.3 inches, against nine hours on the 11.6-inch, and the usual array of ultrabooks promises, such as instant wake. The keyboard takes a light sensor, which automatically adjusts the backlight intensity.

Acer program at the same time the arrival of a new tablet range, the range Inconia W, represented by two models: the W510 and W700. The first adopts a 10.1-inch screen, the keyboard / detachable docking station is reminiscent of another well-known Taiwanese product. We may however choose the orientation of the tablet on its dock, which will place the screen at the keyboard to work, back to the keyboard or to enjoy a tilted screen facing you and, say, watching a movie . Acer finally evokes an IPS panel and autonomy that could reach 18 hours.

The W700 offers a screen for its 11.6-inch full HD. Likely to be backed by an optional keyboard, it comes along with a holster equipped with an articulated arm that can put it from several angles, with a display in portrait or landscape. Equipped with a USB 3.0 port, it would offer up to 8 hours of battery life. For Acer, this is the perfect compromise between the PC world and world of tablets. Note that if the details of the configuration has not yet been provided, the W700 seems like a tablet x86 (Intel), with a Thunderbolt controller.

The Taiwanese finally launch a new series of PC all in one, designed for home use, the Aspire series U, available in two screen diagonals: 23 inches (U5600) and 27 inches (U7600). Intel-based, they should be the subject of numerous configurations, with or without a dedicated graphics card. Their foot can incline in any direction at will, to the horizontal: the PC then establishes a table format, where its touch screen reveals an interesting potential.

We will return of course further on the detailed characteristics of these products as soon as we have been able to take control of Computex.

As every year, we answered the call of Computex, the main Asian lounge dedicated to new technologies. Held in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, he held from June 5 to 9 1,800 exhibitors came to present to buyers and the world press their current product lines and future.

According to the agency in charge of foreign trade development in Taiwan, Computex 2012 is expected to welcome some 130,000 visitors, who will survey for five days and 5,300 booths spread across locations that host the manufacturers. For several years, Computex is held in effect both in the center of Taipei, in front of the famous tower 101 lost in the mists, and an exhibition space located on the outskirts of the city, in the Nangang district.

Anxious to give the Computex international exposure equivalent to that of other major industry events, the organizers announce this year's renewal of the partnership agreements signed with salons CES (Las Vegas, USA) and CeBIT (Hanover, Germany), which rely for Basics agreements cross visibility.

As every year, Taiwan adopted a resolutely optimistic speeches, particularly focused this year by the announcement of Windows 8 and the arrival of several spokespeople from Microsoft on the Computex. The arrival of the new operating system from Redmond is seen as an extremely positive signal by Taiwanese manufacturers in the industry, who see the opportunity to develop new designs, and boost their sales by the end of the years.

Brands such as Asus, Acer, MSI or Gigabyte will therefore benefit from Computex 2012 to unveil products that destineront to host Windows 8. The show should be an opportunity to discover the first frame in a PC equipped with ARM processors that will house version "RT" system.

For the rest, we logically expect many announcements in hardware: the Computex show is indeed the king of the components, both of motherboards, graphics cards, cooling, or supply boxes. If Nvidia did this year stalemate, Intel and AMD will benefit as well to make a number of announcements. At first, it was still and always promote the concept of ultrabook also to put Thunderbolt, while the second could unveil the second generation of the Brazos platform, and probably also its response to the GTX 690 from Nvidia.

We look forward to meeting you throughout the week to follow on Clubic ads in this Computex 2012!

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