There is a new tablet that has emerged in the scene with several nice, intuitive features built into it. Running Windows 7, the Cregle PenBook, as the tablet is named, comes with a 10.1 inch display and a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
Also, as the name indicates, the tablet comes bundled with a digital pen and an active digitizer, which will come in handy to draw or write on the screen. Another more interesting aspect of the Cregle PenBook tablet is the two touch receptive areas built into the top and bottom bezels, above and below the display area. These can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks; for example, a swipe on the Touch Bars can be used to control screen brightness. Then the Touch Bars can also be used to enter enter customized commands or keyboard combinations that we are so used to in a Windows environment, such as page up or down, or the Ctrl+Alt+Del combination.
The inside story isn’t that inspiring, however, as the Cregle PenBook is based on the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor. The chip is known for its low power credentials but not for performance. So while battery life gits a fillip, that will be at the cost of a slight drop in performance. While still on battery life, the PenBook with its 5000mAh battery unit can sustain operation for about 6 hours. However, while a few more hours would have definitely added to convenience, the battery is user replaceable.
Among the other features that the Cregle PenBook boasts of includes 2 USB ports, headset jack, along with integrated mic and stereo speakers. Connectivity options with the PenBook include 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. The tablet comes with a 1 GB RAM and will be available in two storage options of 16 and 32 GB internal memory.
There is no information as to what the tablet will cost or when it will be seen entering markets.