Toshiba Libretto dual-screen tablet hitting the U.S.
Toshiba’s dual-screen concept tablet called Libretto was launched in Japan as a limited-edition to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Seemed unlikely we’d see it on sale in the States, but it turns out that limited-edition wasn’t so limited, as ToshibaDirect and Amazon are both offering it here for $1099.99.
The device features a pair of 7-inch, 1024×600 displays that can work together in a variety of ways, from a standard dual-display to one acting as an keyboard with multi-mode, on-screen ‘board. The video demo also shows the device held upright as an eReader with left- and right-facing pages or one screen acting as a “bulletin board” catch-all that offers the ability to grab images and a variety of gadgets, such as clock, calendar, calculator and labels.
While the design is very similar to Courier, it is not a pen-input device, relying solely on multi-touch. The specs are quite nice with 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 dual core processor, 2GB memory, 64GB SSD, 802.11bgn, Bluetooth 2.1, and 1.0MP webcam with log-on face recognition, all in a 1.8lbs package with 8-cell battery and running Windows 7 Home Premium.
Unfortunately, they’re billing it as a “concept”, which is as beta as it gets, and while there are several hands-on videos with demonstration models, there does not seem to be a real evaluation of the unit as of yet. I can see purchasing one as a collectible or novelty, but I wouldn’t suggest dropping money on one as a productivity device unless you have money to burn (and therefore could afford to buy one as a collectible or novelty). Still, it’s great that they finally got this concept into production, and I will be exciting to see what, if anything, comes after it.