We first reported a few months ago that Toshiba was working on a wicked new dual screen tablet PC! Now today we have it on sale in the USA for around $1100.
The Toshiba Libretto W100 Duel Screen tablet first went on sale about a week ago in Japan. You can reserve yours now on the Toshiba site or Amazon. Toshiba has mentioned to us that if you order now, it will take around 3 weeks for the device to arrive.
The Libretto W100 comes with two 7 inch LED Backlit WSVGA Multi-Touch display having a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Powering the Libretto W100 will be the 1.2 GHZ Intel Pentium U5400 processor. It also has 2 GB of DDR3 on board memory along with 62GB solid state hard drive and will run the Windows 7 Home Premium.The entire unit measures a quite compact 202 × 123 × 25.4 mm and sports a black brushed aluminum finish that exudes style from every angle. It has the looks of a cute little laptop though at 1.8 pounds, it won’t be a pain to lug it around. The weight will go up a bit more for the enhanced battery pack, however.
The W100 also incorporates a built in accelerometer for both the screens that will change screen orientations quickly and automatically. Also, both the screens can work independently of each other, thereby providing the users with the flexibility of using it the way they would like. The libretto W100 also packs in a range of software that is designed to further enhance the touchscreen abilities of the Windows 7 OS. These include an eReader app called Blio and Bulletin Board which is a Toshiba program that aims to act as a one-stop portal that will provide access to a calender, the documents and pictures that have been in use along with other frequently-used applications. Apart from these, the W100 will also come installed with the Reel time and PC Health Monitor programs.
Connectivity options with the W100 includes 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR though strangely, there is no mention of either mobile broadband or any 3G connectivity.Then there’s also a MicroSD card slot, USB 2.0 port, along with a small 1.0 megapixel HD Webcam with Toshiba Face Recognition. A 8 cell battery will be providing the juice which is in the range of around 5 hours (less than 4 hours with a 6 cell battery pack).
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