LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft last night showed off a novel clamshell laptop with two screen and no keyboard.
The tablet laptop -- the Acer Iconia -- prompted oohs and aahs from the crowd. And it's probably one of the more interesting gadgets here at CES.
The Iconia has two 14-inch multitouch displays, which are configured such that the bottom screen -- where a physical keyboard would be on a conventional laptop -- displays content, a virtual QWERTY keyboard or other control interfaces.
Touching the keyboard with all 10 fingertips prompts it to appear on the lower display, which is what happened when it was demonstrated on the stage during CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote. And from what I could see in the back row, it was pretty darn snappy.
For now, there's nary a word from Acer on what's inside, when it will be available or for how much -- but the concept is intriguing indeed.