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Asus unfolds dual-screen laptop/e-book reader

Prototype display seen at CeBit

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Cebit 09 Two screens are better than one, aren’t they? The answer’s yes, at least according to Asus – developer of a dual-screen display shown off at the ongoing Cebit show in Germany this week.

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Asus' prototype dual-screen device

Although still only a prototype, the Asus machine would have four main modes: laptop, e-book, cinema and artist. The latter could be some form of Photoshop application, allowing the user to draw and sketch using a stylus or their finger.

According to various online reports, a working model was seen running Windows 7 earlier this week at CeBit. However, exactly what functions the dual-screen device was able to perform, if any, is unclear.

Aside from touch-based operation, the displays would be able to bring up a virtual keyboard on either screen. Users may also be able to opt for a larger one to be spread across both.

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The wood laminate option would be optional, we hope

In cinema mode films would, we assume, be spread across the two screens to form a wider viewing area - but who wants a thick black line down the middle of the picture?

So the ability to watch a film on the top screen while simultaneously surfing the web on the bottom panel would definitely be a plus.

No plans to launch the unnamed device have surfaced yet. ®

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