The world’s first Windows 7 tablet with a 7 inch display is now up for pre-order. Christened Nav 7, the tablet from Netbook Navigator has a starting price of $799 though the earliest the tablet can be expected to reach consumer’s end is end May. Also, at that price, the Nav 7 is not the cheapest Windows tablet around but can still make for a splendid choice if the overall package is taken into account. Then it has some nice cool features as well.
Like the Nav 7 has a 1.60 GHz Intel Z350 single core processor that is based on the Silverthorne family of Intel Atom CPUs and is known for its extremely low rate of power consumption. Up front, there is the 7 inch capacitive multi touch display having a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Configuration choice can be either with the on-board memory or with the RAM strength that the tablet come with. There is also the optional 3G model to chose from as well. In all, there Nav 7 comprises of three Wi-Fi only models and 3 Wi-Fi plus 3G models with the top of the line model with all the bells and whistles will set one back by a cool $1149.
In fact, that’s not all for Netbook Navigator also allows to further customize the Nav 7 according to one’s own requirements and budget. For this, there is a stripped down version available that comes for $649. For this amount of money, the tablet will comes with 16 GB of Solid State Hard Drive, 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM, along with WIFI and Bluetooth as the default connectivity options. There will also be a 1.3 megapixel camera built into the front of the tablet. Other features that the base Nav 7 also has on offer include 2 USB ports, an Ethernet jack, one SIM card slot plus some more. What remains constant in all the Nav 7 models is the Intel Atom Z530 processor along with of course the 7 inch display. The base model will be devoid of any operating system though there is the choice of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate versions available, each higher iteration of which will require $50 more each time. Similarly, 32 and 64 GB of hard drive will add $100 and $250 to the cost while doubling the RAM strength will add $50 more.
So in all, the Nav 7 can turn out to be more costly than even the highest speced model of many an Android tablet with a larger display. However, the Nav 7 can still be a sensible buy if one is looking for a cute little tablet that comes with the power of Windows and a lot of practicality.
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