MSI may be the first company to market with a mini-laptop that chucks a physical keyboard for a virtual keyboard and a dual touchscreen setup. MSI is calling the newfangled device an e-reader, but it runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has an Intel Atom Z-series processor, which makes it a laptop in my book.
Both of the screens are 10 inch multitouch displays that interact the way two monitors would on a dual-display setup. The on-screen keyboard actually provides a bit of tactile feedback using a haptic-display or similar technology.
Right now, the dual display device is a prototype, but Engadget reports that MSI hopes to bring it to market within a year. I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out when I hit the MSI booth on the show floor tomorrow. But for now, you can hit up Engadget for more pictures and a hands-on video.
MSI isn’t the first company to talk about a dual touchscreen tablet/netbook/eBook reader. But it’s the first I’ve seen that actually has a prototype device to show off, unless you count the Entourage Edge, which is kind of a different beast altogether thanks to its ePaper display.