Many a case of smoke has been experienced where there was not even a flicker of a flame. Manufactures have promised or boasted about the product and finally it all ended up in zilch. SurfaceInk has now given us talk about just one more product that all have been waiting for, a Tablet PC with a 12.1 inch screen. However, there’s a problem. Not many have ever heard of SurfaceInk. So whether the dream object turns into a reality is something that remains to be seen. Of course there will be added scrutiny of the device once it enters market. And in case they hold true then we may have one more big player in the Tablet segment by next year calling the shots with their large screened Ubuntu tablet.
Everything is still in the prototype stage and nothing has been set in stone as yet. Though what is known is that the tablet will have a 12.1 inch dimension 1280 x 800 WXGA screen. It is a multi-mode touchscreen supporting capacitive multitouch finger-control and can also accept stylus input, something that will make the device enticing to students who wish to use a tablet device. The tablet runs the standard version of the Ubuntu operating system while there is also reports of an Android version being in the making.
The rest of the specification makes up an impressive picture of the tablet. The motherboard sports a Freescale i.MX51 Cortex A8 800MHz processor and has on board a 512 MB DDR memory. It also has a 4 GB HDD for storage of data along with a Micro SD card reader that will enhance the storage capacity further. Then there is also a built in accelerometer, a light sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g WiFi along with mini HDMI and an USB 2.0 port. The tablet also comes equipped with two 3MP cameras both at front and the back. The tablet looks solidly built and measure 12.76 x 8.5 x 0.52 inches. It tips the scale at around 2.3 pounds.
And that’s not all, for SurfaceInk has also started working on a 7 inch model which is modeled after the 12.1 inch tablet pc. SurfaceInk also has plans to come up with an 8.9 inch tablet, for which they are collaborating with Freescale. This concept model features edge-to-edge gorilla glass, the same as is found on iPhone 4. The 8 inch tablet, they claim would come as cheap as $350 and is expected to hit the market in another eight months time if their current quest for a partner becomes a reality.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email