While we are being swamped with devices running the Android operating system, the Windows 7 is also making its presence felt. Here is one more to add to that growing list – the Tycoon TVB00 from the Taiwan based First International Computer Inc.
Also, before you shrug off the Tycoon as just another tablet device running Windows 7 (and that we will soon be getting to know the various areas that the tablet would be found lacking on account of it running the Windows 7), there might be more to it this time. FIC has worked extensively with Microsoft in an effort at alleviating one of the major grouses of Win 7 – its responsiveness on a touchscreen environment as the popular Microsoft OS was primarily made for use on devices with an attached keyboard as well as a mouse acting as a pointing device. While its not exactly known as of now what (touchscreen) fruits the hard labor has yielded, FIC is upbeat with the Tycoon’s prospects.
These apart, the inside story of the Tycoon consists of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory along with a 120 GB hard drive. A 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen makes up the display area while the entire thing weighs a quite convenient 840 grams.
The Tycoon will go on sale in Taiwan from November 13th onwards with a price tag of NT$19,800 which comes out to US$657. It will be sold through U-Life TV shopping channel with Vibo Telecom Inc acting as the telecom partner.
The Tycoon TVB00 will also mark the first indigenous tablet PC effort for FIC that has been involved in the manufacturing of notebooks and desktops on contract for other companies. FIC is also involved in shipping PCs carrying its own brand logos in Japan, the US and China though its in too small a volume to ensure a heavy-weight brand profile. That isn’t stopping them from aiming really big, however. “FIC has been laying low for quite awhile and our performance wasn’t very impressive either in the past few years,” said Leo Chien, the chief operating officer at FIC. “Next year is the time for us to make a hike up the hill and we will make the splash with tablets.”
The company has set a modest target for itself, aiming to sell just 3,000 units of the tablet before 2010 draws to a close.
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