A great news hit us this week: Acer Iconia, a cool dual touchscreen laptop will be released in January. Touchscreen may be great feature, but is may also become a great lack. The laptop features two average 14 inch screens displaying 1366×768 pixels resolution and both of them are touchscreen. You can use all your fingers together to use the touchscreen as it features all point multi touch input.
Acer has demonstrated many features and uses for the second touchscreen and one of the coolest is extending pictures and documents from the first screen. Of course you will be able to do different tasks together in the two screens and anytime you want the virtual keyboard to appear you will need to put your palm and five fingers together on the lower screen and the keyboard will appear instantly. There are other gestures also whom can bring different apps and turn things on and off and you easy customize your gesture inputs and their results manually. Acer is also working on developing many touch friendly applications to use with this laptop.
Choosing an OS for this laptop must have been a tough decision for Acer. Windows 7 is still not known as a very much user-friendly OS for touch screens, but the other operating systems are still not proven to be useable for a full featured laptop. So they are using Windows 7 as the OS and added their own software with it to make it more user-friendly. To keep up with the social networking trend they have also put a lot of social networking features in it. They have used a social networking hub with which you can bring all your social networking feeds together similar to desktop client TweetDeck or other Adobe Air apps. Many consumers will love facebooking on the bottom screen and watch a movie on the top screen as this is one of the coolest features of this device. That may be point of buying this device too.
On the hardware side they have put some really impressive high end specs in it. It runs with an Intel Core i5-480 chip and 4GB of RAM. The supplied hard disk has a memory of 640GB and to run this giant, the battery it’s using a four cell model(that lasts 3 hours of a fair usage). The weight problem is already visible as it weighs already 2.8kgs with that smaller battery so it needs a newer technology to solve both battery capacity and weight problem together. It has all kinds of connectivity options like Bluetooth, WI-Fi, 3G or Gigabit Ethernet. Also there are 2 USB 2.0 ports and one 3.0 port, HDMI and VGA output, Acer Crystal Eye Webcam and built in microphone in it same as any other traditional present day laptops.
Acer Iconia will be available from 16th January 2011 in UK and expected to be spread all over the world in months. The price is expected to be £ 1,500.