ASUS did quite a bit of teasing for its Computex 2012 announcements, but today the company stopped dropping hits and started dropping actual products. First up, we've got a pair of Windows tablets, the Tablet 600 and Tablet 810. The Tablet 600 is the smaller of the pair, featuring a 10.1-inch 1366x768 Super IPS+ touchscreen as well as a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The Tablet 600 runs Windows RT (the version of Windows 8 meant for use with ARM processors) and, like the Android-powered Transformers we've come to know, it features support for a keyboard dock.
Moving up a bit in size is the ASUS Tablet 810, which packs an 11.6-inch 1366x768 Super IPS+ display that features 10-point multi-touch and Wacom digitizer support. Also included is an Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage and Windows 8. Just like its smaller Tablet 600 sibling, the Tablet 810 supports a detachable keyboard dock.
Next up we've got the ASUS TAICHI, one of the devices that had its own special teaser last week. The TAICHI looks like a traditional notebook computer, but it actually features a double-sided LED display, with a touchscreen on its lid. Available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models, the TAICHI features a Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, 4GB RAM, SSD storage, and cameras. The displays feature a resolution of 1920x1080, and the touchscreen on the lid of the device is of the Super IPS+ variety. ASUS's introduction video for the Windows 8-powered TAICHI is available below.
The ASUS Transformer Book is a device that the company touts as "the world's first convertible notebook." Available with an 11.6-inch, 13-inch or 14-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen, the Transformer Book can be used either as a traditional laptop or, if you're not in a keyboard-y mood, you can detach the display and use it as a tablet. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 5-megapixel rear and HD front-facing cameras, 4GB RAM, USB 3.0 support and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Finally, ASUS unwrapped the Transformer AiO. Described as "part tablet, part All-in-One PC," the Transformer AiO is a desktop computer with an 18.4-inch 10-point multi-touch display that runs both Windows 8 and, after the press of a button, also runs Android. The 18.4-inch screen can be removed from its base to be used as a wireless display or as a large Android tablet.
So there's ASUS's new Windows 8 tablet offerings, which actually isn't all that the company announced at Computex 2012 today (new monitors and routers were also introduced). While there are still a lot of details about these devices that are up in the air, the fact that there are several new and different Windows 8 products in the pipeline from ASUS and others is pretty exciting for anyone looking forward to giving Microsoft's new OS a go. More images of the new hardware can be found by following these Engadget links. Any of ASUS's new Windows devices pique your interest?
ASUS Presents a Complete Solution for the Ubiquitous Cloud Computing Era
Chairman Jonney Shih unveils ASUS Open Cloud Computing, integrating software, services and the ultimate ASUS transformation devices into one seamless platform
Taipei, Taiwan (4 June, 2012) – At ASUS' pre-Computex press event "Incredible Innovation Endless Possibilities", Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the company's total solution for the ubiquitous cloud computing era, ASUS Open Cloud Computing (A.O.C.C.).
"At ASUS we have been incubating for the arrival of this exciting era for several years. We believe that an open and balanced architecture can provide the best, ultimate solution for the new ubiquitous cloud computing era," said Mr. Shih as he introduced A.O.C.C. and unveiled an entire line of incredibly innovative products including ASUS TAICHI, Transformer AiO, Transformer Book, Designo MX monitors and RT-AC66U router which took transformation into a whole new level.
The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. 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 notebook and tablet. With the lid open, it's just like any other notebook computer, but with the lid closed the TAICHI instantly becomes a multi-touch tablet computer with stylus support. Better still, the two screens are completely independent of each other and can be used simultaneously for a host of innovative new applications. Available in both 11.6" and 13.3" screen sizes, the TAICHI is as light and thin as the ASUS ZENBOOK™ and delivers uncompromised mobile performance, with 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, fast SSD storage and dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi.
ASUS Transformer AiO
Part tablet, part All-in-One PC, the Transformer AiO is an innovative device that can seamlessly switch between both, and features dual operating systems to give users the option of switching between Windows and Android to suit their needs. Engineered to work with Windows 8, the Transformer AiO features an extended 18.4" 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display which can be easily removed from its base station to become a wireless display for the AiO PC, extending the range of the PC and allowing users to continue with their work anywhere in the home. The display can also be converted into an Android-based tablet for the home with the press of a button.
ASUS Transformer Book
The ASUS Transformer Book is the world's first convertible notebook - allowing users to instantly switch between a notebook and a tablet by simply detaching the screen. It is aimed at users who prefer the portability of a multi-touch tablet computer for leisure, but still want access to a more traditional Windows-based notebook for productivity use. Thanks to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and discrete graphics, along with SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual-channel RAM and USB 3.0, the Transformer Book delivers performance that rivals other notebooks on the market. It also features ASUS SonicMaster technology to deliver crystal-clear sound with deep rich bass through its integrated speakers.
ASUS Tablet 810 (Windows 8) ASUS Tablet 600 (Windows RT)
The ASUS Tablet 810 (Windows 8) features the Next Generation Intel® Atom™ processor and 2GB of RAM with a 64GB eMMC for user storage. The 11.6" display with 1366 x 768 resolution uses Super IPS+ technology to deliver superior visual clarity both indoors and out, while its 10-point multi-touch is complemented by Wacom digitizer stylus support.
The ASUS Tablet 600 (Windows RT) utilizes the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and 12-core GPU for outstanding mobile graphics performance; it also has 2GB RAM and a 32GB eMMC for user storage. The 600's 10.1" display with 1366 x 768 resolution features Super IPS+ technology for excellent readability both indoors and out.
Key to both the 810 and 600, however, is the supplied mobile dock that instantly transforms the tablets into compact clamshell ultraportables, complete with full QWERTY keyboards, a trackpad, additional USB expansion and a second battery for extended usage away from the power socket. Both tablets also include ASUS SonicMaster technology for supreme audio and built-in NFC sensors for easy syncing with other NFC-enabled devices.
ASUS Designo MX279H and MX239H monitors
ASUS' displays are industry leaders when it comes to vibrant colors and elegant design. With their attractive looks and bezel-free matte IPS panels with LED-backlighting, ultra-wide 178° viewing angles and outstanding color reproduction, the new Designo 27" MX279H and 23" MX239H displays ensure customer happiness with their slim and stylish design which exudes beauty. Dual HDMI inputs provide flexible connectivity options, while ASUS SonicMaster technology, co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® audio delivers incredible audio fidelity.
ASUS RT-AC66U router
The ASUS RT-AC66U router integrates dual-band Gigabit wireless with fifth generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, also known as 5G WiFi, which enables speeds up to three times faster than existing 802.11n. As one of the first routers to achieve this, it tops Gigabit wireless requirements with a combined 2.4GHz/5GHz bandwidth of 1.75Gbps. This massive data rate makes it an excellent high speed router for demanding online applications, coupled with exclusive ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology. Easy ASUSWRT setup, multiple SSIDs, and IPv6 support further enhance networking, while strong USB-based capabilities turn the RT-AC66U into a 3G, FTP, DLNA, and printer server for genuine multi-role functionality.