Consumer Electronics Brief
Lenovo Yoga 11 available now, Asus delays Taichi ultrabook
If you're one of the ultrabook hopefuls who pre-ordered the rather interesting Asus Taichi dual-screen ultrabook, well, you're going to have to wait a bit longer to actually get your hands on the machine.
Unfortunately, Asus recently announced that device has been delayed to an unspecified date. The unique ultrabook was previously was up for order on various retail sites such as Amazon.
The Taichi was expected to ship this month, but Asus confirmed that shipping will be delayed until December and possibly beyond. Unsurprisingly, Asus offered no reason as to why it is delaying the Taichi, which features dual 11.6-inch displays.
The display on the outside allows the machine to be used like a tablet when it's closed, while the display on the inside allows you to use it as a normal notebook when open. Two models of the Taichi were previously available in terms of pre-order, ranging from $1299-$1599.
While Asus is delaying shipment for its dual-screen hybrid ultrabook, competitor Lenovo has announced that it is now shipping the Windows RT-based Yoga 11. This machine is significantly cheaper than the Taichi, with a 32 GB version selling for $679 and 64 GB version available for $759. Lenovo is selling the machine directly from its own website, launcing the Yoga 11 a few weeks earlier than its original December ship date.
While the Yoga 11 is significantly cheaper than the Taichi, it's a bit on the high-side when it comes to pricing comparaed to other Windows RT tablets. Then again, the Yoga 11 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor paired with 2 GB of RAM. It boasts an 11.6-inch screen and full-size HDMI port, along with a memory card slot for expansion.