gScreen Spacebook laptop Coming soon to a laptop near you: widescreen displays like you've never seen before. We don't just mean the 16:10 screens on the latest high-end Blu-ray 'entertainment' laptops either.

Word is that portable PCs are about to get displays that expand horizontally. A North American company called gScreen has designed a laptop display that can nearly double in width.

The Spacebook laptop will be "the first dual screen laptop with two identical 15.4in screens and a full-size keyboard built into one laptop unit".

Specifications include a pair of backlit LED screens, 4GB of RAM, 512MB of nVidia graphics memory and a 2.2GHz or faster processor.

gScreen says the Spacebook will be the first laptop to come with two 15.4in displays that are physically attached to the computer chassis. Lenovo and Asus have previously shown off laptops with displays of differing sizes that can also be extended when required.

Other options for adding secondary or supplementary displays to laptops and PCs are generally of the non-permanent variety. For example, gamers can expand their territory using a Twinhead or Triplehead graphics card that allows the action to spill across two or more screens. Another option is to plug in a second monitor and ‘extend' the desktop using a feature built in to Windows.

An onsale date for the Spacebook has not yet been announced but gScreen says it intends to offer the two-screened laptop in a choice of Windows XP Pro or Vista flavours with 512MB of nVidia GeForce 9800M GT or Quadro FX 1700M graphics. Its 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor will be supported by 4GB of DDR RAM and a 320GB hard drive.

gScreen has said it will sell the Spacebook in the US through and after a few months will begin international shipping through localised sites of the online retailer. The Spacebook was originally set to launch in June and is now seemingly gearing up for its US debut in time for the holiday season.

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