AT&T had on display an array of upcoming devices and of all the gadgets that graced its pavilion was the OpenTablet 7 from OpenPeak that got to see the light of day for the first time yesterday. Its not that the device is heading towards a commercial launch anytime soon though if looks are to be believed, it can well be a tablet to watch out for in the coming months with some even terming the device as one that can stand up to the mighty iPad.
The OpenTablet 7 still has a lot of ground to cover to make a credible dent in the Tablet PC segment where a lot of fireworks is still left to be seen, what with some of the heavy weight from the tech world such as HP or Samsung readying suitable devices to do battle in this segment. For instance, OpenTablet 7’s keyboard is far from being impressive while its user interface, though quite peppy, is still under development stages with OpenPeak promising it would be further refined and will be considerable more responsive by the time its ready to hit stores.
Its spec sheet though does make a big statement. Like it is built around the next generation Intel processor, the 1.9GHz Moorestown that is significantly more power saving than the Atom while being a lot cooler to touch as well. Also, initial reports indicate the OpenTablet 7 to be a Linux-based platform with a Flash layer on top. It got its name from the 7-inch touchscreen display with LED backlighting that it comes with and measure 9 inches by 5 inches, and with a depth that’s just 0.6 inches, which means its easy to pass off the OpenTablet 7 as a digital photo frame.
While speaking of the device, OpenPeak CEO Dan Gittleman said, “The OpenTablet is the ultimate control panel, delivering the most commonly accessed multi-media services right to your fingertips anywhere. The all-in-one device allows you to sync schedules, check movie times, listen to music, watch videos, get weather updates, and even monitor energy usage and home security, all from a single, easy-to-use device.”
The device will have a front-facing 1080p camera along with a 5 MP camera at its rear, which points to a device that would enable its users to engage in video conferencing. There is a HDMI plug as well built at the bottom of the tablet while also featuring a microSD slot. It come integrated with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities and provides the option for cellular connectivity. The OpenTablet 7 also features USB 2.0 connectivity. The device also includes a docking station that can be used to charge the device while also offering port replication.
However, one of the most interesting aspects with the new tablet is OpenPeak’s decision to go solo with the apps and claim they already have in place quite a few apps that number in ‘thousands.’ Also, as per OpenPeak, the apps are platform independent in that they would be compatible with other devices such as phones or frames. But it seems, they have got time on their side to put up a lot more apps in place.
And finally, OpenPeak is surely not among the most well known companies primarily becase the majority of its products like theVerizon Hub or the O2 Joggler, which incidentally is the predecessor of the OpenTablet 7, are made available to the consumers after being re-branded by the carriers. but it seems, the OpenTablet 7 won’t be meted out the same treatment and has tied up with AT&T for data plans in the US. Pricing details has been kept under wraps with not much info given away as to when the tablet would hit stores as well. So its seems its another tablet that we would keep confined to the ‘second half of 2010’ time slot.
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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