Acer Unveils Slick Dual-Screen Tablet/Notebook
November 23, 2010 2:17 PM
comment(s) - last by
Who needs the Courier when you have the Iconia?
Many Windows fans were disappointed when Microsoft
canned its dual-screen Courier project
. A dual-screen laptop/tablet device from Toshiba in September, the Libretto W105 cheered their spirits slightly. However, that device was only available in a very limited run and quantities are already scarce.
Acer looks to come to the rescue,
its upcoming Iconia 14-inch dual-tablet/laptop at its Global Press Event in New York City.
The device looks somewhat like a standard 14-inch laptop, except the keyboard is gone and replaced with a second LCD screen.
The device will pack Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and is powered by Intel's Core i5-480M (unreleased specs)/ 560M (2.66 GHz, 3.20 GHz max turbo)/ 580M CPU (2.66 GHz, 3.33 GHz max turbo). It also packs up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, VGA / HDMI outputs, a built-in microphone, a S/PDIF interface (high quality audio output). Rounding things out is 320/500/640/750GB hard drive, Acer's CrystalEye webcam (1280x1024 resolution), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0+HD, integrated 3G WWAN, gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 jack.
The laptop uses a 4-cell battery and weighs 6.18 pounds. It comes with a one year warranty.
The one problem area could be graphics. Acer shockingly didn't mention any discrete graphics solution. Instead it merely mentioned that the system would come with integrated Intel HD graphics (with 128MB of video RAM). For such a video-intensive device, this seems a major design flaw. Intel's integrated GPU might be sufficient for basic graphical functions, but gaming or HD video could be a painful experience on the otherwise eye-catching device.
The company has put a fair amount of work into making touch a pleasant experience on the device. Among its results is a full-size digital keyboard, which will typically display on the bottom screen, and a touch-driven media management utility.
Acer hasn't announced a price or ship date yet.
Also announced at the event was Clear.fi, Acer's upcoming cloud-based storage scheme. Acer hopes that users will upload photos, music, and movies to the cloud and then access them from Wi-Fi connected devices like smart phones, TVs, or other computers. The company says it will support "many" formats, but details on the implementation and potential partners (Android, etc.) are scarce at present.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
It is like a big DS!
11/23/2010 2:58:37 PM
The world's largest Nintendo DS?
"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini
Microsoft Kills Courier Dual-screen Tablet Project
April 29, 2010, 4:40 PM
Samsung Announces Tizen-based Gear S Smartwatch That Can Make/Receive Phone Calls
August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM
LG Announces G Watch R Smartwatch, Will Launch in Q4
August 27, 2014, 11:45 PM
Archos Offers $99 WinPhone, $150 x86 Win8.1 Tablet, Android Trio
August 27, 2014, 7:07 PM
HTC Desire 510 Officially Announced, May be First 64-Bit Android Smartphone
August 27, 2014, 3:50 PM
Report: Apple to Unveil "iWatch" at iPhone 6 Event on September 9
August 27, 2014, 2:00 PM
Reports: Snapchat is Now Worth $10B, Cofounders are Billionaires to Be
August 27, 2014, 9:30 AM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet Family Gets a $100 Price Cut
August 25, 2014, 1:16 AM
Report: Microsoft to Announce Windows 9 on September 30
August 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
From HULC to FORTIS: the Evolution of Lockheed Martin's Incredible Exosuit
August 22, 2014, 12:45 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9-R Rocket Suffers Malfunction, Self-Destructs During Test Flight
August 23, 2014, 9:36 AM
Owner of "Decepticon" Maserati Ordered to Appear in Court This Thursday
August 25, 2014, 7:55 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information