High-tech product releases: dual touchscreen smartphone, water-powered charger, webOS tablet

High-tech product releases announced the week ending February 16 include the first smartphone with dual touchscreens, a water-powered portable charger, the TouchPad webOS tablet, the Pre 3 smartphone, and distinctive-looking speakers from JBL.

The first smartphone with dual touchscreens
The Kyocera Echo is the first smartphone to incorporate two 3.5" touchscreens. The Android-powered device is equipped with a specially-designed "pivot hinge" that enables the two screens to function as one oversized 4.7" integrated display or operate independently so users can complete two tasks at the same time - like watching a video on one while texting on the other. The Kyocera Echo has a 5MP camera, 720p HD camcorder, 1GHz processor and a full HTML web browser. The device is priced at $199.99 after a mail-in rebate and will be available in spring.

A water-powered portable energy device

myFC's PowerTrekk is an eco-friendly portable recharging station that provides power to electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and cameras. Users simply pour in one tablespoon of water into the PowerTrekk and wait as the portable charger converts the hydrogen into energy. The PowerTrekk will go on sale in October for €148 plus tax.

The first webOS-powered tablet
HP's TouchPad is the first tablet to be powered by Palm's webOS platform. It connects with HP's newly announced webOS smartphones and enables consumers to answer calls or tap out SMS messages on their tablet thanks to the company's exclusive "touch-to-share" feature. The TouchPad weighs around 740 grams and has a 9.7" capacitive multitouch display, a 1.3MP camera, support for Flash Player 10.1 beta, true multitasking, and a 1.2 GHz processor. No price has been announced but the tablet should be ready to ship by the middle of the year.

A multitasking smartphone 'workhorse'

The third edition of the Pre webOS smartphone, aka the Pre 3, is a flagship device from HP. The Pre 3 is targeted at professionals who need to multitask and have access to advanced messaging and voice capabilities. Features include a 3.58-inch touchscreen, a 1.4GHz processor, and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard - the widest and largest keyboard on any webOS smartphone to date. The HP Pre 3 will be launched in the middle of the year. Exact pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.

Speakers wrapped in a distinctive, architectural design
The JBL Studio 1 loudspeaker series is a set of 5 "powerful and accurate" speakers that stand out because of their unique sculptural design and silver-tinted black vinyl finish. The series includes the JBL Studio 190 and 180 floorstanding loudspeakers, the 130 bookshelf loudspeaker, the 120c center-channel loudspeaker and the 150P subwoofer. Each is sold separately, and the products range in price from $169 for the 100mm Studio 120c to $449 for the 165mm Studio 190.

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