Acer Launches Iconia – A Laptop Cum Tablet Computer With Dual Screen

The new dual-screen laptop has two 14in displays, with one in place of a traditional keyboard.

The Iconia, which was unveiled at a press conference in New York, has two touch-screens protected by ultra-tough Gorilla Glass. The device can be used like a traditional laptop, with the second screen doubling as a virtual keyboard, or can double as a tablet-style computer.

Users can increase 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 features palm sensors to detect the position of the user’s hands, and automatically launch the virtual keyboard when needed.

Acer said the Iconia, which runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, would launch “a brand new tablet experience”.

"This level of commitment to touch technology is something no other PC vendor can contend with," said Jim Wong, president of Acer.

The Iconia, which goes on sale in the UK on Jan 8, will cost £1,499. The device uses Intel Core i5 processors, and a least of 4GB memory and up to 750GB hard drive.

The success of Apple’s iPad has provoked 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. Bookmark and Share