Asus showed off its Taichi, a dual screen notebook, at Computex 2012, and Lenovo was reportedly also planning to develop a similar type of notebook.
Asus showed off its Taichi, a dual screen notebook, at Computex 2012, and Lenovo was reportedly to also planning to develop a similar type of notebook.
There are no words as to how Lenovo plans to compete with Asus or entice consumers, and analysts remain skeptical that dual screen notebooks will become mainstream products. The increase in production cost is a big factor in how consumers are drawn toward a product. A touch panel will increase the cost by $80-100, and consumers generally only accept a $30 increase for added touch capability.
“…since adding a touchscreen panel to a notebook will increase costs by US$80-100, while the upstream supply chain's investigations show that consumers can only accept a cost increase of US$30 for the addition of touchscreen capabilities, the gap of US$50-70 plus the increased costs from extra casing components may significantly challenge consumer acceptance of Windows 8-based products,” a source told digitimes.com
The Asus Taichi is a full on notebook, but not quite tablet, and not quite a dual display (a person can't view both displays at the same time) PC. So what is it? Would consumers prefer a notebook that has two monitors built in that they can view at the same time? We'll see how Lenovo goes about developing their Taichi-killer.