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PB_easynote_Butterfly_TouchTouch screen. Swivel view. Eight-hour battery life. If that sounds like a pretty sweet laptop then today’s announcement of the EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition by Packard Bell will have been music to your ears.

Packard Bell said the multi-touch screen with 180-degrees rotation transforms this high-end laptop into a tablet PC.

Auto-rotation automatically adjusts image orientation vertically or horizontally for more comfortable web page viewing, navigation and content sharing.

The 11.6-inch (29 cm) display has a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution and a full size keyboard – with 20 per cent bigger keys than a 10.1-inch machine. And it weighs less than 1.6kg, although that can vary according to the configuration.

“The chromium touchpad buttons, the delicate grey trim and the integration of the six-cell flush battery into the chassis confer elegance and grace to the appealing EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition,” said a Packard Bell suit.

Other features include:
* HDMI port
* 5-in-1 card reader
* Built-in microphone
* VGA webcam
* Up to 640MB hard-disk drive
* Up to 4GB Ram
* Optional 3G module
* Optional Bluetooth.

The EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition comes with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and is available in cherry red or night sky black. It will be released at the end of February 2010 at an estimated start price of £499.

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