Asus Taichi: Ultrabook in Front, Tablet in the Back

For those who can't decide between an ultrabook's handy QWERTY keyboard, and a slim tablet's touchscreen UI, Asus has just revealed a hybrid, double-duty display solution. Wait a second: Business in front, party in the back? That sounds awfully familiar.

Asus is showing prototypes of the convertible tablet/laptop/mullet at Computex 2012, but when the device eventually goes on sale sometime this year, it will be available in two configurations with either dual 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch displays. Open its clamshell design, and you're looking at your standard ultrabook configuration. Close it up, though, and you've got access to a tablet display. Such is Windows 8!

Both screens will also include built-in cameras, full 1920x1080 HD resolutions, but only the outside display will feature touchscreen functionality. You can also use both displays simultaneously, if you want to send secretive messages to whoever's sitting across from you on the train.

Promised to be as light and thin as the 2.86 pound, 0.71-inch thick Asus' Zenbook, the Taichi will be powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, pack 4GB RAM with a speedy SSD drive, and include dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. [Asus via Engadget]