The Toshiba Libretto may have cooled the nerves of those who were keenly awaiting the release of the Courier from Microsoft. Or maybe it might have infuriated them more with the thought of ‘if Toshiba can do it than why not Microsoft.’ Whatever it is, the fact is unlike Courier, Libretto has gone on to become a reality and this time its another milestone that the dual screen tablet device is about to reach in its product life cycle – Toshiba has finally announced firm release dates for the tablet to begin shipping. Its going to be on the 11th of August and in Japan to begin with.
Toshiba had earlier promised a summer release of the dual screened tablet in America too though while summer is definitely on, there is no sign of the Libretto W100 yet on the American landscape. And it surely is being watched in other parts of the world as well where many are eagerly looking forward to the official release of what can be terms as the first true blue dual screen tablet device. Of course that’s not without reason as the device sure has what it would take to become a cult product.
The W100 is graced by twin 7 inch multitouch touchscreen displays each having a resolution of 1024 x 688 pixels. Its powered by a 1.2GHz Pentium US400 processor and has got 2GB of RAM. A 52 GB solid state drive allows for plenty of storage space. As for the OS, its finally the Windows 7 from Microsoft and is probably one of the armada of Windows 7 tablets that Steve Ballmer has been crying hoarse about.
Among the other notable features of the Libretto W100 include a USB port, a microSDHC card slot, an integrated camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Providing juice to the dual screen tablet is a 8-cell battery.
And lastly, while its not known what the Libretto W100 will cost in Japan, Toshiba is still sticking to the $1099 price that it had earlier stated for America. The next thing that everyone will be waiting for is an international release date.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email