Toshiba libretto W100: Dual 7” screen device picks up where Courier left off

June 21, 2010 at 8:48 am

Toshiba libretto W100Toshiba hasn’t finished announcing new devices just yet, we’ve already seen the AC100 smartbook, but now we’ve got something much more interesting, the libretto W100. The W100 has a form-factor similar to that of the Microsoft Courier before it was canned. The W100 comes with two 7-inch (1024 x 600) multi-touch capacitive displays in a clam-shell design with brushed aluminium finish and will run Windows 7 Home Premium.

The libretto W100 is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor, 2GB RAM and a 62GB SSD. Other features include a 1.0MP HD webcam, Wi-Fi (b/g/n). Bluetooth 2.1 , one USB port, a microSD memory card slot and 8-cell battery. Read more

MSI Android, Windows 7 tablets shipping in Q3

April 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

MSI dual-screenMSI is set to announce new Android and Windows 7 tablets at June’s Computex show in Taiwan. These tablets are expected to come in 8.9-inch and 10-inch varieties and will ship during the third quarter. Pricing is expected to be “extremely aggressive” according to Engadget.

The dual-screen tablet, first seen at CES, has been delayed though due to issues with battery life. “The two screens are a major drain on the battery, and even with a higher density battery and the Menlow CPU we are only getting three hours,” said MSI’s Andy Tung. This device is now expected to land in the fourth quarter.

MSI’s dual-screen netbook/e-reader looks superb [Video]

January 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

MSI dual-screen netbookRumours that MSI is planning a dual-screen netbook have been around for a while now. MSI is now showing a prototype in CES that sports two 10.1-inch multitouch capacitive displays in a clamshell form-factor. It means you can use it as an e-reader with pages on either display or as a netbook with the bottom display bringing up a virtual keyboard.

It is powered by a Atom Z-series processor and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. It will also include an accelerometer in the final version. Both displays can be used when navigating Windows 7, dragging stuff from the top display to the bottom one etc. The software is patchy, but considering this is an early build that’s not surprising.

Whilst the device remains a prototype for now, MSI are planning on bringing this to the market within the next 12 months. Start saving those pennies though, it’s not likely to come cheap. Check out Engadget’s hands-on video after the jump. Read more

Kohjinsha DZ dual-screen netbook video review

December 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

Kohjinsha DZThe guys over at WOW-POW provided us with the first video unboxing of Kohjinsha’s DZ dual-screen netbook. They’ve followed this up with a three-part video review of this unique device. The Kohjinsha DZ netbook has two 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) displays which slide out so they can sit side-by-side.

In terms of the actual sliding mechanism, it appeared to work quite solidly with a sturdy hinge. When fully stretched, the display can wobble a bit due to the weight of the panels. Performance seems reasonable too with the 1.6GHz AMD Neo processor gaining a higher score than the 2GHz Z550 Atom. They are getting around 3 hours on the 6–cell battery.

You can check out all three videos after the break. The first video focuses on the dual-displays, the second video looks at the processor performance, whilst the last video looks at video & gaming performance as well as upgrading components. Read more

Kohjinsha’s DZ dual-screen netbook unboxed on video

December 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

Kohjinsha DZThe Kohjinsha DZ dual-screen netbook is very much a reality and in stores (well in Japan anyway). The guys over at WOW-POW were lucky enough to get hands-on with this unusual netbook and shot an unboxing video to give us an idea of what’s inside.

The DZ looks very intriguing it has an internal USB port that allows you to attach a USB 3G/WiMAX modem without it sticking out. It will also be easy to upgrade the 160GB HDD as it slides out easily once the single screw is removed. Kohjinsha promises a 4.5-hour battery life with its 5,200mAh battery, although I wonder if that’s a tad optimistic with two 10-inch displays going at full tilt. Check out the video after the break. Read more

Onkyo unveils its own dual-display netbook

December 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Onkyo DXOnkyo has unveiled a new DX series of netbooks that will incorporate twin displays, as first seen with the Kohjinsha DZ range. The Onkyo DX1007A5/ DX1007A5B netbooks go one better than the Kohjinsha DZ by including two 10.1-inch displays with high resolution (1366 x 768) panels. The Kohjinsha DZ has two 10.1-inch displays with 1024 x 600 resolution.

The Onkyo dual-screener also gets 2GB RAM and a 320GB HDD, comparing to the 1GB RAM and 160GB HDD found on the Kohjinsha. Apart from these internal differences the devices appear identical, they are probably using the same ODM.

It is powered by a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU, 2GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), a 1.3MP webcam, a 3.7-hour battery and Windows 7 Home Premium. It will be on sale at the end of this month in Japan for 84,000 Yen ($953, £585, €646).

Via Akihabara News.

Harlequin dual-screen ‘Courier’ tablet created from Dell Mini 9

December 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Harlequin dual-screen ‘Courier’ tabletNow this is a mod we’ve not come across before. MyDellMini member pakkei decided to embark on the Harlequin project, which was to create something similar to the Microsoft Courier. For those that don’t know, the fabled Microsoft Courier has dual-screen multi-touch panels and is designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers.

The Harlequin is pakkei’s take on the project, where he has modded his Dell Mini 9 netbook to form a slate and then added another 9-inch USB touchscreen. The left panel will be used for reading content and the right panel will be used for taking notes. The orientation of the displays can also be reversed to be used in a more normal netbook form-factor too.

As the device uses Windows 7 it features both handwriting and voice recognition. The Harlequin is mostly working although it does need a dual-hinged chassis. Seems like some good handy work from pakkei.

Via Netbooked.