updated 07:40 am EDT, Mon June 21, 2010
Toshiba resurrects Libretto with W100 tablet
Toshiba marked the 25th birthday of its notebooks by unveiling the first dual-touchscreen Windows tablet computer. The Libretto W100 has twin seven-inch, 1024x600, multi-touch displays that control virtually the entire Windows 7 interface. One display can work separately as a keyboard (with vibration feedback) or just as a second display; an accelerometer lets users tilt the device on its side for e-book reading.
Underneath, the device is closer to a true notebook than a netbook or a tablet. A 1.2GHz Pentium US400 is fast enough to drive Windows 7 Home Premium, and it comes with both 2GB of RAM and a solid-state drive with 62GB of usable space. It still has room for a large eight-cell battery and fits 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a webcam and a lone USB port. A microSDHC slot gives it a way to offload files, and the entire W100 weighs only slightly more than a single-screen tablet at 1.8 pounds.
Toshiba's usual touchscreen apps, such as Bulletin Board or its chronological file browser ReelTime, are some of the few custom touchscreen apps; outside of the keyboard, most of the interface is Windows alone.
The new Libretto is characterized as a special edition and will have a "limited number" of shipments. In the US, it will ship in August for $1,099.
Toshiba's tablet arrives at a critical time for Microsoft, as its tablet strategy has been struggling just as the iPad has launched in earnest. The W100 is now the closest Microsoft will come to its now-canceled Courier tablet, and HP may have dropped its Windows 7 slate in favor of a webOS design. [video via Robert Scoble]