A day prior to the first day of Computex 2012, ASUS held a pre-conference, “Incredible Innovation Endless Possibilities”, where ASUS chairman Johnny Shih announced and unveiled several new products to members of the media. These included the ASUS TAICHI, the ASUS Transformer AiO, the ASUS Transformer Book, the ASUS Tablet 810 and 600, the ASUS Designo monitors and the ASUS RT-AC66U monitor.
The event was held on the seventh floor of ATT 4 FUN, an upscale shopping center beside Taipei 101. Some members of the media were already seen at the entrance to the venue (we actually tried to get in *wink*) two hours before it kicked off. Excitement and curiosity filled the lobby area of the venue as not much was known of these “secret” ASUS products. Things were tight lipped and nothing was leaked. Only a select few knew about the surprise that ASUS was about to unveil on June 4.
As the hour stroke three in the afternoon, the doors were opened and everyone rushed in like a pack of crazy Justin Beiber fans. We all wanted to see a glimpse of these so called “top-secret” products. These products happened the ASUS Tablet 810, the ASUS Tablet 600 and the ASUS TAICHI.
The event began with ASUS chairman Johnny Shih presenting the ASUS Open Cloud Computing platform similar to the numerous other cloud services being offered by other companies like the Apple iCloud. He moved on by showcasing the ASUS iCloud Router, the RT-AC66U, which packs the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac technology, commonly known as 5G WiFi which has speeds thrice of the current 802.11n.
Following that, Jonney introduced two gorgeous looking IPS panels with LED backlighting with a 178 degree viewing angle, the MX279H and the MX239H, 27 inches and 23 inches respectively. Both monitors come with a dual HDMI inputs and ASUS SonicMaster technology coupled with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers.
Afterward, Jonney removed the wraps on the largest “tablet” which is an 18.4 inch 10-point multi touch LED display. The tablet/All in One device can dual both between Windows 8 and the latest Android operating system (perhaps it will be with Jelly Bean when the device gets released).
The pinnacle point of the event came when Jonney Shih showcased three Windows tablets, the ASUS Tablet 810 (Windows 8), the ASUS Tablet 600 (Windows RT) and the ASUS Transformer Book. So what do these tablets pack. Here’s a list of their features and specifications:
ASUS Tablet 810:
Windows 8 Operating System
Next Generation Intel Atom Processor
2GB of RAM
64GB of internal storage
11.6 inch display (1366×768 resolution) Super IPS+ technology
ASUS Tablet 600:
Windows RT Operating System
NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and 12 core GPU (Graphics Power)
2GB of RAM
32GM of internal storage
10.1 inch display (1366×768 resolution) Super IPS+ technology
ASUS Transformer Book:
World’s First Convertible Notebook – Screen is detachable from the notebook making it into a tablet
3rd Generation Intel Core processors (i3, i5, i7)
SSD and HD (Hybrid storage)
4GB DDR3 of RAM
ASUS SonicMaster Sound Technology
No word yet on the operating system, however, I presume it’s Windows 7
We thought all the latest devices were revealed, however, Jonney had one more surprise up his suit and it was the ASUS TAICHI. The ASUS TAICHI is the world’s first double sided third generation Intel core (i3, i5, i7) processor mobile notebook/tablet which allows two users to use the device at opposite sides. Perfect for parents who are working using the keyboard while their kids can be playing a game or watching a movie behind. Both screens are independent of each other.
There might have been a few hiccups during the product demonstrations of Jonney Shih as the ASUS Transformer AiO crashed while he attempted to open a Windows 8 Metro application. I blame the early Windows 8 build that was installed on the device. Microsoft still has to iron out several bugs that inhibit Windows 8 even though that they recently released the final consumer preview of the operating system.
Nevertheless, I wasn’t surprised with the Windows 8 tablet/notebook hybrids, then again I wasn’t prepared for the ASUS TAICHI. It never crossed my mind when I was speculating with what was going to be announced. ASUS you got me there!
Snacks and drinks were later served to the media as they wrote and sent in their articles to their respective websites and publications. I believe some of us were expecting something out of the ordinary, perhaps some sort of alien-type technology. On the other hand, we were still blown in regards to the ASUS TAICHI. I never expected ASUS to come out with a device like that. Question is, will it sell? We’ll find out later this year!