Taiwanese computer giant, ASUS showcased its new lineup of Windows 8 optimised devices at an event in New York last week. These latest offerings are available in four distinct ranges.
The VivoTab RT, which features Microsoft’s basic Windows RT OS, will be ASUS’ entry level offering to the tablet-hybrid market. Released in 32GB and 64GB versions, set to retail for US$599 and US$699 respectively, the package also includes a dockable keyboard.
ASUS Taichi 21, its latest notebook offering, features an interesting dual-screen (front and back) setup in full HD. The dual-screen feature will allow users to “work independently and simultaneously” according to ASUS. I’m not entirely sold on the practicality of this device, but it does boast an Intel Core i7 processor and 4GB of RAM. ASUS has also announced a larger screened version will release in late November, creatively dubbed the Taichi 31.
Another touch enabled hybrid, the ASUS Zenbook Touch has been optimised for Windows 8 and encased in a beautiful spun-metal design. It features a 13.3-inch full HD display which is available in touch screen and non-touch screen variants and sports an Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB and 256GB versions. Official pricing on the flagship Zenbook has not been released, but prior experience says the top-end model will retail for around US$1999.
Lastly the Transformer Book which, according to ASUS is the first detachable notebook. With the processor, memory and storage interface housed in its 13-inch full HD display, the tablet portion of this device tips the scales at a sizable 950g.
There is one thing that can be inferred from ASUS’ new range of Windows 8 and touch enabled devices; ASUS is fully behind the new touch-centric emphasis of Windows 8, having had some initial skepticism. As far as specs go, most of these devices will run an Intel Core i7 processor supported by 4GB of RAM and full HD displays. The only consideration on the part of the consumer, is which price point best suits them.