Dual-Screen Kno Tablet To Be Available By Year's End

Does the lure of playing with "the most powerful tablet anyone has ever made" tempt you? How about those dual 14.1-inch touchscreens? (That's a combined might of 28.2 inches!) Kno has received a $US46 million investment, with an end-of-year launch already pencilled in.

After being shown off at the D8 event in June, we were bowled over by the idea of having two capacitive IPS screens measuring 14.1 inches each. That's a seriously large tablet, and it could be the closest thing we see to Microsoft's Courier, which has now been binned.

Running on a Tegra 2 chip with 16GB of storage, we're not quite sure what warrants investor Marc Andreessen's claims that the Linux device will be the "most powerful tablet anyone has ever made" (considering other Tegra 2 tablets exist, such as Toshiba's Folio), but perhaps they're holding a few cards back for now.

It sounds expensive, doesn't it? The company's CEO Osman Rashid claims it'll cost under $US1000, though a tablet's got to be nearer $US500 for most to even consider it. Especially students, whom the tablet is said to be aimed at. Kno wants to offer educational textbooks through an app store, which will allow them to draw on the pages and take notes like a lot of the ereaders nowadays. However, Kno plans to use WebKit, so the textbooks can be transferable between the tablet and other devices - smells like a pricey way of pirating schoolbooks to me, however pretty the device may be. [TechCrunch]

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