Toshiba libretto UMPC Sports Dual Touch Screens

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has proven it can hide a few surprises up its sleeves: today the company took a stab at reviving the not-very-successful ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) category with the libretto W100, a compact book-folding PC running Windows 7 with two seven-inch touch screen displays that open folio-style—and both of them can be used to display and interact with content. The libretto W100 runs an Intel Pentium processor, features 2G of RAM, and a 62 GB SSD for storage; it will be available later this summer as a limited edition product.

Toshiba has been in the notebook business for 25 years; the W100 is part of the firms’ celebration.

“The libretto W100 continues the libretto brand’s heritage of defying convention by packaging a full Windows computing experience into highly compact ultra-mobile form factor,” said Toshiba America Information Systems VP of product development Carl Pinto, in a statement. “This concept PC sets the pace for Toshiba’s continued commitment to innovation, demonstrating what’s possible in the next generation of ultra-mobile PCs.

Users enter data using one of six virtual keyboards plus a virtual touchpad: the keyboards use haptic feedback to help users with typing. The libretto W100 runs Windows 7 Home Premium (really!) and packs both 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking. The entire unit weighs just 1.8 pounds. Unlike previous UMPCs, Toshiba says the dual displays enable user to easily multitask; suck as having email on one display and a Web browser on the other, or view two document at the same time. The unit sports an accelerometer so users can transparently flip between portrait and landscape modes. The entire unit measure less than 8 inches long and 4.85 inches across.

Under the hood, the unit sports an Intel Pentium U5400 processor running at 1.2 GHz, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 62 GB solid-state hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR wireless networking, a 1 megapixel webcam with face recognition, a microSD slot for removable storage, along with a USB 2.0 port for peripherals and storage. The system also sports Toshiba’s Bulletin Board, Reel Time, and PC Health Monitor software for making daily activities more accessible and easing PC maintenance.

Toshiba says the W100 concept PC will be available later this summer at selected retailers and from Toshiba’s Web site; no word on pricing.

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