In 2006, V12 Design showed "Canova", concept of a notebook without a physical keyboard, featuring two LCD displays. In 2011, this is finally becoming a reality thanks to Acer’s Iconia 6120.
V12 Design Canova Concept vs. Acer Iconia 6120 – One is a concept, one you can buy today
Back then, Mobile Whack famously made a quote that they "don’t think it will be available for the next 5 years." Five years later, Acer is coming out with Iconia 6120. Iconia is the brand name for a new series of eye-catching products such as tablets (Iconia Tab), while the products bearing numbers will be notebooks and netbooks that won’t pay attention to the price as much as on design and functionality (it was about time).
This touchbook runs on Microsoft Windows 7 with a series of enhancements to user interface such as vastly improved virtual keyboard and alternative interaction methods such as circular Acer Ring which activates when you press five fingers onto the screen. This virtual knob features not just quick switching between open programs and tabs of those programs, but also features Quick Launch ("Touch Browser") with shortcuts to Image Capture (Activates built-in Camera), Windows Manager, Image Cut, Device Control and already mentioned Virtual Keyboard.
Acer Iconia 6120 – Notebook is dead, long live Touchbook
Given that the company didn’t released any videos, we hope that this interface is as smooth as the screenshots on the website, since Windows 7 were built with touch in mind. But unlike HP’s a bit complicated multi-touch interface, it looks like Acer may have a winner on its hands as far as Windows 7 powered mobile computers go.
Best of all is that this is not just a concept or an announced product, but rather something which can be bought today for $1,199 on e-tailers such as Amazon.com. The real question though is – are all those consumers that claim that they want to get products which were not built with cost, but experience in mind – ready to put the money where their mouth is? From the looks of it, the answer is yes, given that Iconia 6120 only took three days of sales to reach the #9 position for all the notebooks ordered through Amazon.com – an impressive result.