If you had asked me what I thought of multi-screen portable devices a week ago, I’d have been highly skeptical.
Now, twice in the last week, I’ve been impressed (maybe even wowed) by a couple of these devices, one concept, one production.
First, check out this concept phone, called the Flip, from Kristian Ulrich Larsen.
According to Engadget:
It’s a triple-display handset running stock Android that pops out like a tent, collapses into a standard (if curved) slate, and even folds out like a little book. Each screen is said to be Super AMOLED hiding behind Gorilla Glass, with steel mesh acting as hinges — and there’s a full QWERTY keyboard somewhere in there too.
I love this design, its re-imagination of a pocket-sized device and its creative approach to making the device expand and contract as needed. I would totally buy this, or at least, whine to my wife until she bought me one as a gift.
Next up is the NEC dual-screen Android tablet, reviewed by Phandroid at CES earlier in the month. This is much closer to production.
Sounds like a gimmick, but when you see this monster in action, you realize it doesn’t totally suck. There are some pretty well thought-out use cases for a dual-screen tablet. The bummer here is that NEC will likely have some trouble attracting mass development adoption for a device like this.
Still, the idea and implementation aren’t bad at all.
What do you think of these two? Do multi-screen portables have a future?
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