The Tablet PC segment continues to be abuzz with exciting developments. In fact, things seem to have heated up all the more as we approach the Computex fair that is scheduled to be held just next week. So its Amtek’s turn now to announce Tablet PCs that they plan to unveil in next month’s Computex show. And they are not bringing in Tablets in ones and twos but all of 5 at one go. Yes we did count them all right so the truth is, AMtek has readied 5 of them to do, what can said as, take ’em by the scruff of the collar and shake ’em up, sort of thing with the Tablet segment. When was the last time did you hear of anyone coming up with that many Slates at one go?
Anyway from what is known till now, the Tablet features an exciting array of technologies and has an impressive spec sheet to show off. Like as per what Amtek has revealed, the slates will be powered by processors that range from a rather simple 800MHz Freescale chip to all the way up to Intel’s Menlow and Montevina processors while also including the NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip somewhere in between. The choice of operating system too is wide and all encompassing so that there’s WinCE 6.0/7.0 and Windows 7 to the open source Android 2.0 or Linux. Touchscreen technology too varies and is inclusive of active digitizers as well as capacitive screens capable of accepting multitouch responses.
Now coming to the actual tablets, the AMtek iTablet Speed-Lite (AE03) is at the bottom rung of the ladder and will pack in a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution multitouch screen display though one can also opt for a 1024 x 768 display. Powering the slate will be a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor clocking in at 1GHz and is coupled to a gig of DDR2 SDRAM and half a gig of NAND. Choice of operating system varies from WinCE 6.0/7.0 to the Android 2.0 and Linux. There will be a 2MB camera built in and features three USB 2.0, audio in/out along with two phone jacks. Connectivity options include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth with optional 3G and GPS. A 10800mAh batterypack provides power to the tablet.
The next in line is the Amtek iTablet Ex-Lite II (AE04) tablet that’s built around a Freescale chip with a clock speed of 800MHz. Then there is 512MB of DDR2 SDRAM and 512MB NAND. Choice of OS include WinCE 6.0/7.0, Android 2.0 or Linux. Rest of the specs is the same as in the AE03 so that there’s the same 10.1 inch multi touchscreen along with the same port line up.
Next we move on to Intel territory which includes the iTablet Lite, the T23A Tablet PC and the T23X Tablet PC. Of these, the iTablet Lite (TZ10) is a Windows 7 tablet and has the Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor at its core. It features a 2GB DDR2 memory while storage comes in the form of a 64GB memory. Providing juice to the tablet will be a 4200mAh battery while rest of the specs remaining just the same. So there will be the same sized screen, the same connectivity option as well as ports.
The next two models – the T23A CULV and T23X CULV tablet PCs – are the bell and whistles model and has all the glitz that Amket could pack in. Like both the tablets feature the top of the line Intel Core 2 Duo 743 1.3GHz processors along with 4GB DDR2 667/800 RAM. Screen real estate increases too at 12.1-inches and includes pen digitizers. Resolution goes up to 1024 x 768 pixels while Cantiga GS graphics renders fast life like graphical resolution. Rest of the specs include a 1.3MP camera, audio in/out, two USB 2.0 ports, a RJ45 port along with a detachable cradle connector. Powering the two tablets will be a 3800mAh battery. Hard disk options include 160GB, 250GB and 320GB. However, of the 2 tablets, the T23A CULV comes with a pen input while for the T23X CULV iTablets, there is an optional digitizer pen input and touch input.
While that’s a lot of info packed in, there will be more spilling out during the Computex show, all of which will be covered here. So keep watching for more tablet pc or e-reader news.
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