Japanese consumers will soon have one more tablet / e-reader hybrid device to choose from. Domestic consumer electronic giant Panasonic is working on such a device for a possible release as early as sometime next month itself. Also, a unique aspect with the Panasonic offering is that the company is adopting an approach similar to that of its domestic compatriot Sharp in that the Panasonic offering will be a tablet like device though its makers are claiming it to be basically an e-reader with added functionality.
Also, while we are not fully aware of what the yet unnamed device will be like, there are some information available that can give us an idea of what the device will be like. With a 7 inch color LCD touch screen display up front having a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, the device boasts of pretty impressive specs in the form of a dual core processor, built-in cameras, WiFi connectivity as well as a a microSDHC slot. The device runs Android 2.2 Froyo with a customized user interface built on top of it.The device is also handy with a weight of just 0.9 pounds and comes pre-loaded with 16 apps which includes a video player, web browser, Adobe reader and an email app.
Also, to fit its intended role of an e-book reading device, Panasonic has teamed up with Rakuten – one of the biggest online shopping mall operator in Japan. Rakuten, on its part, distributes e-books from booklista Co. – a joint venture between Sony and Toppan Printing Co.
We should have the complete details by next month itself, which is when Panasonic intends to launch the tablet / e-reader device.