This dual screen notebook is in fact, the newly announced Acer Iconia, a touch friendly machine that does away with the traditional controls, such as a touchpad and a keyboard, and throws in two touchscreen displays instead.
Both 14-inch screens are capable of 720p HD displays (they have 1366 x 768 resolutions), and can work independently of one another, which is handy if you fancy watching a movie and doing a bit of Facebooking at the same time.
They also support all-point, multi-touch functionality meaning that you can use all 10 of your fingers to control the Iconia.
“Intel is proud that our close collaboration with Acer has helped to deliver the world’s first 10 finger multi-touch dual-screen notebook with an exciting and innovative end-user experience, powered by the Intel Core i5 processor”, said Mooly Eden, vice-president of PC Client Group, Intel Corporation.
The Acer Ring feature also means that placing five fingers down will give you a nice circular media control option as well. And, of course, the bottom screen can become a virtual keyboard.
The tech on board is pretty impressive too, with Windows 7 Premium running via a choice of Intel Core i5 CPUs (i5-480M/i5-560M/i5-580M with3 MB L3 cache, 2.66/2.66/2.66 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93/3.20/3.33 GHz), backed up by 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics with 128 MB of dedicated system memory.
There’s a 320 – 750GB HDD for all of your media storage, and connectivity should be a doddle with Wi-Fi, 3G and a USB 3.0 port (there’s also two old-school USB ports as well).
There’s also a HDMI output, for those rare occasions that two screens just aren’t enough.
Reports suggest that prices will start from £1499 with the machine set to land in the UK on 15 January, although there is nothing official as of yet.
Acer may be calling this “100 percent smartphone. 100 percent tablet,” but something just doesn’t add up there. That being said, we have to agree that a 1024×480 screen resolution on a 4.8-inch smartphone is downright drool-worthy. Clocking in at just a smidgen smaller than Dell’s Streak, this here phone (no finalized name has been bestowed quite yet) was just revealed at Acer’s Global press event in New York City. It was only shown briefly, demonstrating an unknown version of Android and the “evolution of Acer UI.” Specs wise, there’s a two megapixel front-facing camera, eight megapixel rear camera (with LED flash), 720p video recording, a six-axis Gyroscope + accelerometer package and LED edge lighting. Per usual, Acer’s keeping a lid on any pricing estimates, but it’ll be shipping out to gape-jawed customers everywhere in April 2011.
Update: We’ve got the full PR after the break, which informs us of the atypical 21:9 aspect ratio in use here as well as its “full metal body.” Curiously enough, it’s also rocking a curved back (is that a trend we spot?), Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n WiFi, HSDPA support, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an HDMI output. Delicious, all the way around.
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