After recently debuting in Japan, Toshiba is now selling its dual-screen laptop/tablet in the U.S., the company said Monday.
one for viewing, and one for typing. The typing screen is much like the virtual keyboard on the Apple iPad, though the Libretto offers a few extra keyboard configuration options. The W105 can also function as a dual-screen tablet., the Libretto W105 (marketed as the W100 in Japan) is a small, 1.8-pound, 7-inch Windows 7 clamshell device that sports two capacitive LCD screens:
As of Monday, the W105 is available in the U.S. via preorders at ToshibaDirect.com. It will also be available at select retail stores on Sunday, August 29, for $1,099.99, the company said.
U.S. specs are slightly different from the model in Japan, a Toshiba spokesman said. The U.S. model will only come with one battery--the larger 8-cell battery--bumping the device's weight up to 1.8 pounds compared with the 1.5-pound weight of the model with the smaller battery in Japan. (The Japan model comes with two batteries, a standard smaller-capacity battery and a larger 8-cell battery.) The U.S. model will not include WiMAX wireless broadband, either.
The Libretto W105-L251 model is listed on Toshiba's U.S. Web site with the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system; an Intel Pentium U5400 dual-core processor; 2GB of memory (DDR3 800MHz); a 62GB solid-state drive (SATA); two 7-inch WSVGA multitouch LED backlit displays (1,024x600); Webcam/microphone built into the LCD bezel; Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n); and Bluetooth V2.1, among other features.
Updated at 8:25 p.m. PDT: adding Toshiba video.