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May 14, 2013

Two 10.1" full HD touchscreens combined into a tablet

Tablets are the latest craze, surpassing even the sales of notebooks. So-called hybrid tablets are also becoming more popular. This category consists of tablet devices with a detachable keyboard.

The Swiss manufacturer Allotropes Design is of the opinion that the market focuses too much on this design and sees opportunity for devices with two touchscreens. On the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, the manufacturer has started a campaign to start retailing this type of hybrid tablet.

The AURUS Diamond Dual 10.1, as the device is called, features two 10.1-inch screens. The screens can be separated, after which one can be used as tablet, while the other functions as a smartphone dock. Android 4.2 comes pre-installed on the system, which runs on an ARM Cortex-A15 CPU. 8 GB of memory is present, and up to 2 TB of flash storage is available. This is no typo mind you, but the actual storage capacity. Both screens have a 1920x1080 pixel resolution and two 8 MP cameras are present, one on the front and another on the back. Connectivity includes Bluetooth, Wifi and GPS. A SIM card slot is also available.

The tablet is to feature a micro-HDMI connector, microphone and speakers on both screens. Micro-USB will be present on both screens while the 'docking' panel has two USB 3.0 ports. All sensors that are commonly found in a tablet are present in this device as well. The device has two batteries. One should last 9 hours and with the addition of the second, the hybrid device can last up to 15 hours.

The Diamond tablet starts at €399 (incl. shipping). Allotropes Design expects to ship the device in August.