OpenPeak has come to the CES with a tablet that packs in some interesting specs. The tablet will be based on the new Intel Atom Moorestown processor and will run the Google Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. The tablet will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The tablet looks great and is apparently well built with the three Android buttons featured prominently along the middle of the bottom bezel. There are also quite a few expansion slots that the tablet incorporates along with a rear view webcam. However, don’t get too excited just yet as the company has said the specs aren’t set in stone. There is a chance the tablet will run MeeGo or maybe even use a different display technology.
This is because OpenPeak would like someone else to do the manufacturing and is already reported to be in talks with AT&T to develop the hardware. A 3G version is also in the offing later in the year.
However, perhaps the biggest surprise that the 7 inch OpenPeak tablet declares its battery life to be an impressive 10 to 12 hours. Processors from Intel were never known to be this power efficient, which was one reason that many Intel based tablet devices fared poorly in the market. That seems to be heading for a change, however. It will be very interesting to see how the new breed of Intel based tablets fare at the market and take on established players.
OpenPeak’s tablet party at the CES 2011 does not feature just a single 7 inch tablet device. There is also a big brother; a full 10 inch device which they have named OpenTablet 10. The big thing about the OpenTablet 10 is that its got a 10.1 inch transflective capacitive touch screen display. What this means is that it’s as readable indoors as out. OpenPeak isn’t revealing where the transflective display they are using is from. What’s more, the OpenTablet 10 display also includes a Corning Gorilla Glass scratch resistant surface that adds some amount of rigidity to the device. Not bad if you have kids at home or wish to put the tablet to a lot of outdoor use in rough situations.
The rest of the spec story for the OpenTablet 10 is also equally impressive. Similar to its smaller sibling, it has Intel’s new Moorestown Atom processor, along with such features like password protection and multi-user logins. Then there are the usual specifications that almost all tablets have, including WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with 3G as an optional extra, a 5 megapixel camera at the rear along with a front-facing 720p webcam for video calls and so on. Ports on the 10 inch tablet consist of a microSD and a micro USB 2.0 port, a headphone socket along with an HDMI port capable of outputing 100p HD videos. There is also a digital MEMS microphone as well as a unique active precision stylus which is just the right tool for such tasks like note taking, drawing or signatures. The tablet weighs about a pound and is about half an inch thick.
Lastly, the Opentablet 10 is also compatible with the company’s cloud services platform and device management system – OpenServices. Something that will allow user a comprehensive device management features, which includes the facility to push applications, lock the device, or to go for firmware updates when applicable.
Unfortunately, there are no pricing or availability details revealed just yet.
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