CeBIT 2011 | MSI Dual Pad tablet attachment demoed
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MSI is kick-starting this year’s CeBIT expo with an unexpected proof of concept device. Dubbed the Dual Pad, the device is shaped like a traditional laptop, except the monitor and keyboard portions will instead be alcoves for holding individual MSI tablets for dual-screen usage. The concept is similar to the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 dock first introduced at CES this year, but taken one step further by allowing two tablets to attach at once.
The Dual Pad will allow use of the two tablets as if they were just one dual-screen netbook when attached, but the hinge can also disconnect in order to revert back to individual usage of both tablets. The concept can potentially increase usability by allowing a virtual keyboard on the bottom tablet while text documents display on the other, among other dual-screen possibilities.
Unfortunately, the Dual Pad remains a conceptual device and is definitely not ready for commercial release, if ever. If interested, however, the closest product to the MSI Dual Pad is the Acer Iconia dual-screen laptop, which uses a touchscreen keyboard in place of a regular keyboard and trackpad. Hopefully, more news from MSI will emerge soon regarding the future of the Dual Pad.