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Toshiba Libretto W100 Dual Display Laptop To Cost $1100?

The newly announced Libretto W100 dual screen tablet computer from Toshiba will apparently carry a price tag of $1100 or nearly £870 once value added tax is added to the price.

The device, which was launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Japanese manufacturer's first laptop, the T1100, has been thoroughly examined by the guys at laptopmag (opens in new tab), who revealed the price.

Other bits that we've learnt is the presence of no less than SIX different versions of virtual keyboards, all of them with haptic response, to all sorts of scenarios. Users will also enjoy up to 5 hours worth of battery life thanks to an 8-cell battery.

It has a built-in 3D accelerometer and Toshiba is currently working on an ebook application although the screen is prone to glaring. Laptopmag's reviewer also says that the device is still buggy, with the kinks and current issues being ironed out by the time it is launched later this year.

In the end, the W100 will remain a niche device, bringing some cookie points to Toshiba and restoring the pride and kudos associated with the Libretto range, whose series 70 and 50 were amongst the tiniest laptops ever released.

What's more, the W100 costs more than twice the cheapest iPad and significantly more than the 64GB 3G iPad. True the W100 is nearer to a full fledged computer, not a bigger version of the iPod Touch, but at nearly £900, it is hard to justify its price.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.