Toshiba Libretto W100 Is a Dual-Screen Challenge to the iPad

As a part of the 25th anniversary of Toshiba’s Laptop Innovation Milestone, the company unveiled a dual-screen laptop concept named the Libretto W100, a next-gen ultra-mobile concept PC. This limited-edition 25th Anniversary device goes beyond slates, netbooks and smartphones to deliver something more: a full Windows 7 experience that can be enjoyed across two multi-touch […]


As a part of the 25th anniversary of Toshiba’s Laptop Innovation Milestone, the company unveiled a dual-screen laptop concept named the Libretto W100, a next-gen ultra-mobile concept PC.

This limited-edition 25th Anniversary device goes beyond slates, netbooks and smartphones to deliver something more: a full Windows 7 experience that can be enjoyed across two multi-touch screens.

“The Libretto W100 continues the libretto brand’s heritage of defying convention by packaging a full Windows computing experience into highly compact ultra-mobile form factor,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.

“This concept PC sets the pace for Toshiba’s continued commitment to innovation, demonstrating what’s possible in the next generation of ultra-mobile PCs.

“We will issue a limited run of the libretto W100,” continued Pinto. “We design our products around the way people actually want to use them, so getting this concept PC out into the hands of early technology adopters will allow us to gather invaluable feedback that we can filter into future product developments.”

The Libretto W100 is powered by Windows 7 Home Premium and comes equipped with an Intel Pentium processor, 2GB of fast DDR3 memory and a 62GB solid state drive – plenty of horsepower for enjoying rich Internet and multimedia content.


With the libretto W100, users can take advantage of all the Windows applications they commonly use, including productivity apps like Microsoft Office and video chat like Skype. Built-in connectivity features, including 802.11b/g/n4 and Bluetooth give users the flexibility to connect from any hotspot or pair the device with their favorite wireless accessories, such as a mouse, headphones and more.

With an ultra-portable weight of just 1.8 pounds, the libretto W100 is designed to deliver a rich Internet experience, multimedia playback and the freedom to multi-task – just like a standard laptop – but with the advantage of two 7-inch diagonal touch screens to work, watch and play on.


The multi-touch screens can work independently or together, giving users the flexibility to decide how they want to use them. Surf the Web on one screen while checking e-mail on the other, view two documents simultaneously or view a webpage across both screens.

A built-in 3D accelerometer allows the libretto W100 to rotate into portrait or landscape modes, making the device look and feel more like a book, newspaper or magazine.

Designed for portability, the libretto W100 features a compact and durable clamshell design with a brushed metallic finish. The traditional clamshell design allows the device to fold up for easier portability, while protecting the screens from breaks and scratches.

Measuring a mere 4.84 inches by 7.95 inches when closed, the device fits easily into almost any bag or jacket pocket.

“Since producing the first Intel 286-based clamshell laptop 25 years ago, Toshiba has continued to take a leadership role in bringing new mobile computing technologies to market,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies.

“This new libretto is yet another showcase of the company’s technological laptop prowess – they have their minds on the future and a unique, creative view on delivering innovations and form factors that provide a full computing experience in very small packages,” added Tim  Bajarin.

The libretto W100 features six virtual keyboard modes plus a virtual touchpad. The keyboards feature haptic technology, providing sensory feedback when the keys are selected, making typing fast, accurate and easy. Keyboard modes include simple, full, numeric 10-key and split thumb mode keyboard styles, providing users with options to fit their own personal style or task.

A limited number of the libretto W100 concept PC will be available for purchase later this summer from select retailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com. The price is reported to be $1,099, according to the Engadget.com. [Toshiba via Engadget and Scobleizer]

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