Sol is adding some more variety to its line of tablets this year. These would however be of 7 inch sizes with one running on Android and the other on Windows. For those who have come in late, the company already has a 10 inch netbook and tablet in the market, both of which are windows based. These devices have the added specialty that they have Pixel Qi displays which make them visible even in sunlight.
However, there is not much that is known of the upcoming 7 inchers except that they would pack in 1024 x 600 pixels. A prototype running Android is there at the CES though its specs are still to be finalized.
As for the 10 inch tablets SOL has on offer, the Pixel Qi display might just be the only high point about it and if you still feel that alone is enough to go for it, well there is the almost absurd $1099 price tag to negotiate. That notwithstanding, he founder of Sol, Chris Swanner, mentions that at the selling price the company is not making much of a profit. At present the company is able to sell just about 20 to 30 units every month though in case demand goes up, there is definitely the possibility of price coming down. But till then, it would continue to be a niche product suited more for outdoor application. Like the SOL computers with Pixel Qi displays can come in handy with pilots or engineers deployed at construction sites where there often is bright light and glare isn’t an issue. The tablet otherwise has an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor at its core that works in conjugation with a 1 GB RAM.
As for the dual display Pixel Qi screens, its basic function is that it has two display modes. With the backlight on , the screen is transformed into a color display. When the backlight is turned off, the screen turns into a high contrast black and white display. Its specialty is that the display is clearly readable even with just ambient lights on and consume much less power than their standard LCD counterparts. However, in spite of its goodness, we haven’t seen much of the Pixel Qi displays in real life and the only high profile tablet featuring it — NI Adam hasn’t been much of a success either.
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