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First Windows 8 devices spotted at Computex 2012
Following the unveiling of the Windows 8 Release Preview, Asus and Acer introduced a handful of new tablets and hybrid Ultrabooks at the annual Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.
Bold and exciting - the dual-screen Asus Taichi doubles as an Ultrabook and a tablet.
The Taichi is unique in the looks department thanks to its dual screens (it sports a double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display) with resolutions capable of reaching 1920×1080. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the Taichi opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities as it plays the role of both Ultrabook and tablet.
The Taichi is as light and thin as the Asus Zenbook and will offer uncompromised mobile performance thanks to a 3rd generation Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, fast SSD storage and dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi.
We can expect the Asus Taichi to be made available in both 11.6" and 13.3" models towards the end of the year/early 2013.
Asus Transformer Book
The Asus Transformer Book is the world's first convertible Ultrabook -- allowing users to instantly switch between an Ultrabook and a tablet by simply detaching the screen.
The Transformer Book will feature the latest Intel Core i7 processor, SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM, and USB 3.0. It also features something called Asus SonicMaster technology to deliver crystal-clear sound with deep rich bass through its integrated speakers. The Transformer Book also incorporates dual cameras, with a HD front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera.
This lightweight ultraportable will be available with a detachable 11.6", 13" or 14" Full HD IPS display, and a full-size QWERTY keyboard will provide users with the best of both worlds.
The Acer Iconia 700 Windows 8 tablet.
Acer unveiled two Windows 8 tablets in their Iconia range:
Acer Iconia W510/W700
The Iconia W510 is equipped with a 10.1-inch display and has tri-mode touch, which allows users to touch, type and view. It also delivers up to 18 hours of battery life and headlines Always On, Always Connect technology.
While the Iconia W700 sports a 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen and will come bundled with a versatile cradle that is adjustable for different viewing requirements (and also hides additional data storage expansion and a further battery).
AP Photo, Wally Santana
Intel told of their plans to release 20 Windows 8 tablets.
20 Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets on the way
Elsewhere at Computex 2012 - Intel revealed that its partners were hard at work prepping 20 new tablet designs.
These Windows 8 tablets will run Intel's Clover Trail Atom chips. The first of these new offerings can be seen above (the Asus Tablet 810).
Remember that this number doesn't include the various Ultrabooks waiting in the wings... something tells us that we'll see a lot of Windows 8 devices in the coming months as we get nearer to go time.
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