The Toshiba Libretto W100 is one of the first commercially available laptop-style devices with twin touchscreen displays and no physical keyboard, allowing you to use one of the displays as a virtual keyboard. But it looks like the Libretto W100 might not be the last. Acer is reportedly working on a much larger, more powerful dual touchscreen machine.

While the Toshiba Libretto W100 had two 7 inch displays and a 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor, the Acer prototype currently has twin 15 inch displays and a 2.67GHz Intel Core i5 CPU.

On the one hand, that means the machine is likely going to consume a lot of power and need a spectacularly high capacity battery to last for more than a few hours on a charge. On the other hand, the large screen should make typing on a virtual keyboard much easier, while the powerful CPU should help make the Windows 7 experience a bit better on two touchscreen displays.

According to TechReviewSource, the laptop is still in development and may never see the light of day. But if it does become a real boy product, Acer is reportedly shooting for a fall, 2011 launch date. With 15 inch displays and a Core i5 processor, I wouldn’t expect this guy to be cheap, light weight, or many of the other things I value in a laptop. On the other hand… ooh, pretty.

via Engadget

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6 replies on “Acer reportedly working on a dual-display touchscreen notebook”

  1. It is cool looking but will probably be very expensive. As other companies come out with similar products, I think the price will come down. 🙂

    It would be neat if it had dual OLED touch screens.
    An OLED consumes less energy than a LCD screen.

  2. I do not feel that this size would be of any good unless you want to read newspapers like that.

    The Toshiba model could be used as a Ebook Reader but with this size that would not be a favorable option either.

  3. dual screen laptops with no physical keyboard are the worst and this isn’t doing anything to change that.

  4. I don’t see why the screens need to be that big.
    Isn’t the point of touchscreen is well, to be touched? If all you use the laptop for is on your desk (the likely use given the size of the laptop), you won’t be touching the upper panel often.

  5. Both screens should be the Pixel Qi screens so that when you turn on into the keyboard it goes into low power b&w mode. That would save a small percentage of power at least. Also since athe OBVIOUS use of a dual screen unit would be an eBook mode those Pixel Qi screens would be handy in that mode.

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