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Iconia Touchbook offers dual-screen touch computing

by Steven Mostyn - Mar 30 2011, 17:43

Oooh, we want one soooo bad. Image: Acer.

With Acer’s hybrid Iconia W500 already raising eyebrows thanks to its promise of straddling both the tablet and netbook markets, the portable envelope is about to be stretched even further with the impending launch of the Iconia Touchbook.

When we first clapped eyes on the dual-screen Touchbook, we were immediately impressed but utterly convinced it would never progress beyond the prototype stage due to the popularity of single-screen tablet devices. Evidently we were all kinds of wrong.

More pointedly, the Iconia 6120 Touchbook is now available for pre-order across North America—and its array of intriguing fixtures and fittings just might see vast sways of gadget lovers rushing to slap down their hard-earned green.

Although not exactly the most portable computing solution when compared to the current wealth of 7.0-inch tablets, the clamshell Touchbook boasts two 14-inch high-definition LED backlit LCD touchscreens (1366x768), and is powered by a combination of Intel’s muscular i5 Core processor (woof!) and Microsoft’s Windows 7 Premium operating system.

Clearly this is a slab of hardware far removed from the modest capabilities of tablets and netbooks—which could well appeal in spades to those more demanding buyers looking to secure some cutting-edge mobile technology with genuine productivity value.

Other contributing aspects bundled aboard the Touchbook include up to 4GBs of RAM, up to 750GBs of hard drive storage, integrated 3G WWAN, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 1.3 mega-pixel webcam, USB 2.0 ports (support for USB 3.0), VGA and HDMI out, and an Ethernet port. Plus, despite the device’s physical size, it weighs a respectable 2.8kg.

Naturally this kind of power and versatility doesn’t come cheap. Then again, a starting price of $1,200 USD shouldn’t be too frightening for anyone who’s ever perused the cheaper end of Apple’s product portfolio.

Tempted by the prospect of using a predictive touch-screen keyboard in conjunction with a similarly touch-enabled view screen, you’ll be thrilled to learn that the Iconia Touchbook will be wowing in-store consumers from April.

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