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Onkyo to sell beefed up version of Kohjinsha's dual-screen notebook

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I’m sure many of you remember the pretty cool-looking dual-screen notebook Japanese company Kohjinsha announced last month (it’s already available over here). As it turns out, another Japanese PC maker, Onkyo, thought the device is worthy enough to get rebranded and improved spec-wise. The result is the DX1007A5 [JP], which is slightly more expensive than the Kohjinsha original though.

So what’s new? The device still features two sliding, LED-backlit 10.1-inch LCDs (no touch screens) but with an improved resolution of 1,366×768 (instead of 1,024×600). Onkyo also beefed up some internal specs: The notebook now has 2GB RAM (Kohjinsha: 1GB) and a 320GB HDD (Kohjinsha: 160GB) but doesn’t offer the 1-Seg digital TV tuner anymore (which was usable only in Japan and parts of South America). And the body color changed to white.

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Spec-wise, you still get an Athlon Neo MV-40 (1.6GHz) with a RS780MN chipset, an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, WiFi, three USB ports, a 1.3MP web camera, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a reader for SD/microSD/MMC/memory sticks.

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Onkyo also throws in Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. The battery life stands at roughly 4 hours.

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At $950, the Onkyo version is $55 more expensive than the Kohjinsha original, but I’d say the plus in price is definitely worth it. Geek Stuff 4 U offered the Kohjinsha model to international buyers when it came out so they might be able to ship the Onkyo version to you as well (sales in Japan start at the end of this month). But please keep in mind this is a Japanese computer with a Japanese keyboard layout.

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