Here is some bad news for those who had lined up for the ExoPC Slate or are waiting for the tablet to become available more freely. The tablet will be at the receiving end of another round of inordinate delay which the company explained is due to a fault in the manufacturing process. What’s even more disappointing is the fact that this is not the first time the ExoPC is missing its intended launch date, scheduled as it was to begin shipping from the 15th of this month. This itself has been pushed back from the earlier planned launch date of the 30th of September. And now it seems the entire action has shifted to the month of November.
ExoPC though is holding a candle of hope and has even stated that they can still meet the 15th October timeline though in extremely limited numbers. One hundred to be precise as that’s the number of ExoPCs that they said they will offer to its fans on the dedicated ExoPC community. All of them will however be of the 32 GB version as the higher 64 GB units are still far from being complete.
The reason for the delay this time lies with the company entrusted with the actual manufacturing of the device – Pegatron that were using a particular automated tool that was exerting more pressure while mounting the touch screens than what the delicate screens could withstand, resulting in them breaking over. As a way out, the machine has been replaced with another while the screen itself is being replaced with more robust units.
Its the first batch comprising of units equipped with 32 GB SSDs that have been received in small number since not all of the slates were damaged. Another consignment of the slate is expected to arrive on October 29th and this batch is likely to contain some units having 64 GB SSDs. Also in order to sweeten up the entire things, ExoPC is including each unit of the slate with a stylus as well as an ExoPc stand with the pre-order.
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