Texas Instruments is getting involved in the Tablet PC race putting out their first offering that should be available around August, called the “Blaze”
The New Tablet is mainly a developer machine and probably will not be available in a commercial retail setting. The device does have some impressive specs though. It features the new Arm Cortex A9 Chipset, has a resolution of 1024-768 which is impressive for a tablet PC. The tablet itself is around 10.4 inches, features multi-touch and has the ability to play full HD video.
As well, it has Bluetooth, WI-FI, a built in GPS and FM radio transmitter! It even has the ability to work as a smart phone with it’s built in SIM slot. The Blaze also has 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of flash memory, 2 USB ports and a HDMI port. Finally the device has a built in accelerometer, gyroscope and more! Which means it will work in landscape mode and held up.
What we really like about this Tablet PC is that it has a SIM card, and is able to do 3G and wireless data! Paired with the latest in Bluetooth technology, you can hold this thing in your bag or backpack and make calls! Its battery life is lackluster, with the ability to do around 5 hours of work with tits 5100 mAh single cell battery. Most tablets we have looked at though all have pretty woeful battery life.
No word on if you can upgrade the flash memory, or the RAM, but 1 GIG of RAM on a tablet aimed at developers, is not the avenue we would have taken. Also no word on price, but again this machine should be available around August of this year.
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