It was in the month of January when the ExoPC tablet first broke cover. It looked impressive and tempting, which it surely is. That it would make it to the market by the month of March and with a price tag of $599 further added to the temptation. But then, it was the last that anything significant was heard of the ExoPC and it seemed it might have slipped into hibernation since then. Well, there seems to be a break in the lull and the ExoPC is back in the news once again.
From the scarce little that is known of the ExoPC tablet, what seems evident is that the tablet will come integrated with the Broadcom Crystal HD BCM70012 graphics chipset, which will make the ExoPC to be compliant to 1080p HD video playback. The Crystal HD chipset is capable of accelerating H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 video files and is known for its extremely low energy demands. The Crystal HD chipset replaces the Intel GMA950 chipset that the ExoPC was previously known to come integrated with.
The capacitive touchscreen measures 11.6 inches – up from 8.9 inches that was previously reported – and as per the latest news available, there is an upgrade in the screen resolution as well. So the display now has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels instead of a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels that was listed before.
Everything else however remains the same. So the ExoPC will still be based on the Intel Atom N270 processor having a clock frequency of 1.66GHz and will have a 2GB DDR2 RAM. The ExoPC also come integrated with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth along with a 10/100 Ethernet connection. Storage on the ExoPC is in the form of an upgradeable 64GB solid state drive which can be stretched further with the use of SD cards. Then the tablet also boasts of 3 USB ports, a SIM card slot, a VGA output and audio in/out. And that’s not all for the ExpPC also incorporates a 1.3 MP webcam.
Also, the ExoPC tablet will be running the Windows 7 OS as was made known earlier and will be compatible with Flash. This however has led many to speculate as to how long its battery will last which is rumored now to be in the range of 5 hours. While there is opinion from some quarters that this could have been better if a mobile OS was at the center of it all, what remains to be seen if the use of a larger screen along with a new improved chipset will led to an improvement in battery power. A good thing though is that the battery is user replaceable.
The French Canadian company that is making the ExoPC has revealed that the tablet will go on sale in U.S., Canada and France from the 7th of September and will continue to sport the same price tag of $599.