The electronic manufacturing giant Acer has instigated the Iconia, a laptop-cum-tablet computer with two touch screens. The new dual-screen laptop consists of two 14 inch displays, including one in place of a traditional keyboard.
The Iconia was unveiled at a press conference in New York, on 24 November 2010. The two touch-screens are protected by ultra-tough Gorilla Glass. The Iconia can be used like a normal laptop and the second screen is used as virtual keyboard. The user can have the access to it as a tablet-style computer too.
User can have many options like, he can spread the desktop across both screens, or use one to watch a video or surf the web, and the other to write an email or edit photos. The device has an additional feature of palm sensors to detect the position of the user’s hands, and automatically launch the virtual keyboard when needed.
The president of Acer, Mr. Jim Wong announced that the Iconia, which runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, would introduce “a brand new tablet experience”. He added that “This level of commitment to touch technology is something no other PC vendor can compete with.”
The Iconia, will go to market on sale in Britain Jan 8, will cost 1,499 pounds. The device uses Intel Core i5 processors, and a minimum of 4GB memory and up to 750GB hard drive.
The success of Apple’s iPad has prompted scores of consumer electronics manufacturers to launch their own rival devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which runs Google’s Android operating system, is considered one of the closest competitors to the iPad. The users can expect more innovative products from other competitors soon in the market.
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