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Asus Will Produce Fold/Unfold Concept Notebook


As if Asus hadn't already announced enough at CeBIT this year, speaking to Tech Radar, Jerry Shen revealed that the company's Fold/Unfold concept notebook will be launching this year.

Considering how little has been heard about the system since it was first shown off, Asus is moving at an impressive pace to get retail units out so soon. The design raises the keyboard on opening the laptop both to improve ergonomics, making typing more comfortable, and also to aid cooling, which is done passively with air exhausting out of the gap under the sliding keyboard.

What configuration, or configurations, Asus will offer the laptop in haven't been mentioned. The passive nature of its cooling would suggest an Atom, or similarly low-powered CPU - but anything's possible.

Shen also said that Asus is working hard to produce retail versions of its dual touchscreen folding notebook concept machine. We'll be waiting a bit longer before that's commercially available, though.


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Brian Carter

March 9, 2009, 3:37 pm

How does one "Prouce"? Is it an ancient origami term?

(NB: I subscribed this morning to post this message and noticed in the registration email I received that it had the one word "recieved"...when was the last spell checker reviewed on TR? :-).


March 9, 2009, 3:40 pm

Had it been something the size of a paperback that folds out to reveal a fullsize keyboard and screen I would have been impressed.

What we got was a full sized laptop that folds out to reveal .... er ..... a full size laptop. Oh and with a keyboard that pops up a bit.



March 9, 2009, 4:36 pm

if it's just another netbook, then i'll pass. especially seeing as it might not even be a particularly touch netbook (*wink* panasonic take centre stage please)


March 15, 2009, 5:46 pm

Sounds mightly impressive... till you realize how easily dust'll get in.

Will be a pain to clean.


March 15, 2009, 5:48 pm

Forgot to mention this, but knowing ASUS, expect this notebook to have a stupid name and to come in ITS OVER 9000!!! flavours.

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