Dual-screen libretto ultraportable revives Courier concept


— 4:19 PM on June 21, 2010

In a move that's sure to intrigue anyone disappointed by Microsoft's decision to not bring its Courier dual-screen portable concept to market, Toshiba has pulled the wraps off its own take on the concept. Dubbed the libretto W100, this "ultra-mobile concept PC" sports dual 7" multitouch screens, each with a 1024x600 display resolution. There's no physical keyboard, but a virtual one with haptic feedback can occupy the lower screen.

Under the hood you'll find a dual-core Pentium U5400 CPU running at 1.2GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 62GB SSD, and all the trappings of an ultraportable notebook, including Windows 7. The spec sheet lists an eight-cell battery but not an expected run time, which I'd expect to be shorter than traditional notebooks due to the power draw of the second screen.

The libretto measures 8" x 4.8" x 1.2" and weighs less than two pounds, making it quite a bit smaller than most netbooks. It's going to be much more exclusive, as well. Although Toshiba is bringing the W100 to market, it's only doing so in limited quantities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the libretto brand. The system is slated to hit select retailers by the end of the summer at a price that's yet to be revealed. Here's a hint: it probably won't be cheap. The libretto will certainly be unique, though. If the keyboard and Toshiba's custom interface both work well, the W100 could be all kinds of awesome.

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