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A look at Toshiba's dual-screen Libretto

Toshiba has introduced three new mobile PCs, including the Libretto dual-touchscreen 'booklet', the lightweight Portege R700 and the AC100 Android-based netbook
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On Monday, Toshiba unveiled three new mobile PCs, two of which mark firsts for the company.

The Libretto W100 (shown above) is Toshiba's first dual-screen portable, while the AC100 is the hardware maker's first Android-based smartbook. The third device is the lightweight Portege R700.

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The Libretto W100, which is designed to act as a personal notebook, has two 7-inch touchscreens that can be used for horizontal or vertical display. The LED-backlit screens, which have a resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels, can be combined to show a single document across both.

If angled like a notebook, the lower screen will display Toshiba's Lifespace interface or a variety of keyboards.

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This view shows the Libretto W100 with a keyboard displayed.

The 'booklet' runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has an Intel Pentium U5400 chip and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. It comes with a 62GB solid-state drive for storage. It weighs 819g and promises up to three hours of battery life.

The device will launch in "late summer", according to a Toshiba spokesman who was unable to provide pricing.

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The Toshiba AC100 is a smartbook that runs the Android 2.1 operating system. It will provide "smartphone functionality with netbook usability", according to the manufacturer.

The device weighs 870g and is 14mm thin at its narrowest. It comes with a 10-inch LED display with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels. It has a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 250 chip, 512MB of DDR RAM and has solid-state storage option ranging from 8GB to 32GB.

The AC100 is scheduled for release in August, and no pricing has been announced.

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The third device is an addition to Toshiba's Portege line, the R700. The notebook, which has a 13.3-inch LED screen, weighs 1.3kg and measures 0.66 inches at its narrowest.

The airflow cooling technology in the laptop, developed in partnership with Intel, allows the device to use Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, according to Toshiba. It comes with up to 8GB of memory, and for storage there is a choice of a solid-state drive with up to 512GB or a hard drive with up to 500GB. There is also the option of adding a Super Slim DVD drive.

The R700, which is aimed at mobile professionals, comes with built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. It promises up to eight hours of battery life on one charge, as long as the laptop has a six-cell battery and the hard drive and DVD drive configuration.

The R700 is scheduled for release in July, when it will go on sale starting at £629.

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