Asus Taichi ultrabook

Asus has confirmed that U.S. shipments of its upcoming dual-screen Taichi ultrabooks have been delayed. The devices have been available to pre-order from retailers like Amazon and Newegg since early October, and they were originally expected to begin shipping this month.

Now Asus expects the notebooks to begin shipping in December, but PC World reports that they could be delayed even later than that. Unfortunately, the Taiwanese company did not provide a reason why the Taichi is being held back. Hopes of getting one under your tree for Christmas Day, though, are looking pretty slim.

The Taichi is an interesting ultrabook concept, because it boasts two 11.6-inch touchscreen displays. One sits on the inside of the lid — just like a regular laptop — while the other sits on the outside of the lid. The displays activate and deactivate depending on whether the notebook is open or closed.

The Taichi runs Windows 8 and comes in two models. The entry-level DH51 — which was originally priced at $1,299 on Amazon — boasts an Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB of solid-state storage. The faster DH71 — which was originally available to order for $1,599 — features an Intel Core i7 processor and 256GB of solid-state storage.

Both notebooks featured two high-resolution, 1920×1080 displays; 4GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel webcam.

Were you hoping to bag an Asus Taichi before Christmas?

[Via: PC World]