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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Acer Sets Price and Preorder for Dual-Screen Iconia

If you’re in the market for a mobile computing device this year, you certainly have a lot of options. There are a whole host of netbooks to choose from, plus the proven iPad 2 and several intriguing tablets on the horizon. But if those devices just aren’t interesting enough, and you’d like something a bit more unusual, the newly priced and dated Acer Iconia 6120 “touchbook” might be just the thing. The dual-screen tablet is available for preorder now in the US and Canada, and will run you $1,199.99 when it releases in April.

Here’s what the device has to offer, beyond the unique design.

Even though the price tag is high compared to most tablets, the Iconia packs a lot in terms of hardware. Its dual 14” HD LCD Gorilla Glass screens are backed by an i5-480M 2.66GHz processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, and a 640GB hard drive loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit—a pretty capable device despite being a bit of an oddity. Of course, with all that hardware and double the screens to power, we have to wonder whether the battery will be able to keep up. But assuming the Iconia can run for a decent amount of time, are you willing to try a product this different?

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