Mintpass has announced plans to develop a portable computer that’s a cross between a tablet and a notebook. Instead of a keyboard and touchpad, the device will have two touchscreen displays. You can fold the computer like a notebook and use a virtual on-screen keyboard on the lower screen, or unfold both screens and use them side by side.
CNET Asia reports that unlike the Toshiba and MSI laptops though, the Mintpass tablet won’t just have two displays — it will also have two operating systems. It will run Windows 7 and Google Android, allowing users to run full Windows apps, or boot into Android for longer battery life.
Mintpass is also hoping to receive certification from Google to include the Google Android Market and other apps — which implies to me that Mintpass may be waiting until Google releases Gingerbread or Honeycomb or whatever version of Android the company deems is fit for tablets.
Mintpass has been around for a few years, and made a tiny splash with the Mintpad mini-tablet and media player in 2008. The new dual screen, dual OS computer sound like the company’s most ambitious move to date.