If there's one company that really pulled out all the development stops when it came to introducing Windows 8 tablets during this week's Computech show in Taipei, Taiwan it's Asus. Showing no less than 6 different tablet devices plus a plethora of Ultrabooks the company is really going 'all in' with the new OS. First up is the innovative...if unusual Asus Taichi, a dual screen with keyboard...that's right...two screens...tablet that appears to want to let you use the device either as a laptop or a tablet. What's interesting about this design is that it opens up the possibility of having two users work on the tablet at the same time. One on the front screen and the other on the back. How useful this would be in actual use is a question. The question is...is the additional cost and technical difficulty of having two screens squeezed on one device opposite each other worth it? Wouldn't it be better to just use one great screen on a device that can either flip over like the Lenovo Yoga or that has a dock like so many other devices including Asus's own Transformer series.
Next up are the Asus 'Transformer Book' which might look familiar because they are basically spitting images of the company's own Android 'Transoformer Pad' tablets. Featuring the same tablet plus dock configuration, the company plans to offer three different modes in different screen sizes (11.6, 13 and 14 inches) and all featuring a version of Intel's Ivy Bridge x86 CPU to provide you with the full version of Windows 8.
Last up...and perhaps most interesting to yours truly are the new Asus 'tablet' 600 and 810...two full fledged tablet/keyboard combos that appear more robust than the 'Transformer Book' models and with some differences between them. First up...the Asus Tablet 600 is the company's first Windows RT device...which will run on an ARM (Tegra 3) processor and feature outstanding battery life, lower cost and the Windows RT OS which of course features the Metro UI, although unlike Windows 8 x86 versions will not have legacy support for old Windows apps. Want more power? Well the Asus Tablet 810 will provide you with an Atom CPU, 2GB of ram, 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display.
We'll have more detailed specs as well as full reviews on all of Asus' new Windows 8 Tablet devices soon so make sure to check back at Windows Tablet Central.