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Freescale Designs $200 Tablet Pc

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While everyone thought that the mythical price of the Crunchpad, which has become the JooJoo, would be impossible to achieve this year, it turns out that a reference design for a $200 tablet will be made available later this year by Freescale.

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Texas-based Freescale is a maker of computer chips for various mobile devices and has announced that it will demonstrate their $200 smartbook tablet at CES this week. It will run Android and Linux.

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The Freescale tablet will feature a 7-inch display with 1024×600 resolution and will run on an ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It will weigh about 13 ounces and include 512MB of RAM, between 4-64GB of built-in storage as well as USB ports and a slot for a 3G SIM card. The tablet comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as a touchscreen and support for a docking station that includes a keyboard. The reference spec also includes a 3-axis accelerometer and ambient light sensor. Apps include web browsers, a media center, PDF and image viewers, a mail client, a RSS reader, an office suite, and various widgets to interact with Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

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For those of you who don’t know, Freescale supplies the chip that powers the Kindle as well as 70% of the chips in all eBook readers. Personally, I don’t really see tablets as being that big of a deal, but the low price and interesting features will probably entice people to buy one. Freescale is currently betting on a summer 2010 release for products based on the reference design.

[via CrunchGear]

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Comments (2):

  1. technabob says:

    I’ll be really curious to see how much the Apple tablet ends up costing. If it’s $500+, it’s going to have a hard time competing with devices like these. On the other hand, if they do a surprise $199 to $299 pricepoint (with mobile carrier commitment, I bet), they could blow all of the other guys out of the water. Then again, I just bought a tiny Windows netbook, so I don’t think a tablet is a high priority for me either.

  2. ereaderuniverse says:

    This could be the most Amazing device yet. Check it out
    http://www.ereaderuniverse.com/page/skiff-reader

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