Asus Starts Shipping 13.3-inch Dual-Display Taichi

Paul Lilly

The Asus Taichi 31 sports two 13.3-inch screens.

After an initial delay pushed the release of the Asus Taichi 31 Ultrabook back several months in the U.S., we were beginning to wonder if the 13.3-inch SKU would ever see the light of the day. We can all stop twiddling our thumbs as Asus said it has finally begun shipping the dual-display Ultrabook stateside. That's great news if you've been jonesing for a Windows 8 Ultrabook with two 13.3-inch panels.

The Taichi 31 joins its smaller sibling the Taichi 21 with dual 11.6-inch displays, which was launched in October 2012. Like that model, the Taichi 31 attempts to offer an Ultrabook and tablet experience in a single device, though unlike other hybrids, it wields a pair of displays, including a touchscreen panel with 10-finger touch support.

You can run both displays simultaneously in Extended Desktop or Mirrored Desktop modes. A couple of scenarios where that functionality might come in handy include showing a presentation or sharing a video "without the need for a clumsy external monitor or a bulky projector," Asus says .

The Taichi 31 features Intel Core i7 and i5 processor options, solid state drive (SSD) storage, dual-band Wi-Fi, Intel WiDi support, Bluetooth 4.0, 5MP rear-facing camera, 720p HD front-facing camera, and a few other odds and ends.

Still no word on price or exactly when it will show up in retail.

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