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CES: MSI netbook has two touchscreens

Prototype system could double as ebook reader

MSI is demonstrating a number of prototype PCs and laptops on its CES stand, including two dual-screen netbooks.

The products use two touchscreen LCDs which could be used in a couple of different ways. One could display a touchscreen keyboard with the other operating as a traditional laptop display, for instance. Alternatively, the netbooks could be turned on their side and used as ebooks, an MSI representative said.

The larger of the two prototypes has two 10in screens, with the other offering two 7in displays. Both run Windows 7 and include Intel Menlow processors. Data storage is on 32GB or 64GB solid-state drives.

MSI dual screen netbook

An MSI spokesperson admitted that the inclusion of two touchscreen LCDs would make the systems more expensive than traditional netbooks, should they ever be officially launched.

MSI is also showing off a more traditional e-book reader at CES. The Google Android-based device includes a 10in touchscreen and Nvidia's Arm-based Tegra chips. The spokesperson said the e-book reader is more than just a concept but didn't reveal pricing details or a release date.

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