We had carried the report when the last time the French Canadian company engaged in the development of the ExoPC had come up with the release date of the highly anticipated tablet. It was the 7th of September that its makers had announced the ExoPC will reach markets in U.S., Canada and France. In fact, its price too was announced as the company had stated they would make available the tablet at $599.
This time, the tablet PC is back in the news again with a fresh launch schedule and though the tablet won’t make it to the market as had been stipulated on the 7th of September, the good thing is it isn’t deviating from that by a big margin either. So as per the latest tablet PC news, the ExoPC tablet will start shipping from September 30 while pre orders for the tablet will be accepted from the 3rd of September. Its makers have also let it known the first 1,200 units of the ExoPC will be shipped starting from the 30th of the month while the tablet will start retailing in Canada from the middle of next month, though with a different name – Ciara Vibe. The tablet had first made its appearance in February and was promised would make it to the market the very next month itself. Also, it was among the many that was being touted as an iPad competitor though now that it is finally ready for a market release, it will have to face the iPad that has already entrenched itself firmly in the tablet segment.
As for its specs, all of it remains pretty much the same except the screen size that now is of 11.6 inches instead of the 8.9 inch display that it was earlier expected to come with. The display will have a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and will based on the capacitive touchscreen technology. An 1.66GHz Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 processor form the heart of the ExoPC coupled to a 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Then there also is a Broadcom Crystal HD 1080p chipset that will accelerate H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 video files thereby resulting in a superior multimedia experience while also being energy efficient.
On board storage is in the form of 32GB or 64GB SSD though the built-in SD/SDHC card reader can inflate that figure even more. Connectivity options that the ExoPC comes with includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
These apart, other features the ExoPC has to offer include 1.3-megapixel webcam, USB 2.0, and a Mini HDMI port. The tablet tips the scales at 2.09 pounds and will have a price tag of $599 for the 32GB version. And lastly, something that consumers perhaps will like to know the most for a tablet running on a heavily customized version of Windows 7 Home Premium, the battery will offer a backup time of around 5 hours on a single full charge. Not bad though a bit more is always welcome.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email