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SilverPac's Digital Picture Frame Kicks Butt

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

SilverPac’s latest device is the mother of all digital picture frames.

The company announced the SilverFrame at Computex this week and we’re completely blown away by this little machine. We’re also wondering why SilverPac is calling this a digital picture frame when, in fact, it can do so much more.

Before we get into what it actually does, here’s a quick run down of the specs: a 10.1-inch Touch Lens LCD (1024 x 576 and 16:9), a Freescale 
i.MX27 CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of Flash Memory, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0, IR Reciever, both a standard USB port and mini-USB, 2 x full range 3 watt 40mm drivers (1.5 watts per channel), it supports JPEG, TIF, GIF, BMP, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, MP3, WMA and AAC, and features Windows Live FrameIt, Windows SlideShow, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 (upgradable to Windows Embedded CE 7), Internet Explorer and instant messaging.

Whew! Okay so now we know what’s inside, you won’t really be that surprised when we tell you that all those bells and whistles mean you can display photos, play video and stream music from across a network, sync with your calendar, check the weather, read the news, show emails (and allow for replies), and view photos from Picasa, Photobucket, Facebook and a Windows Live account. It also comes with a remote control for those of us who aren’t feeling the whole touch screen thing.

SlashGear reports that the device is currently on show at the Microsoft booth at Computex and that SilverPac is looking for an OEM to take on the design, smack a logo on it and push it out to retail. We love this device and would be all over it, price permitting. How much do you reckon this thing would sell for?

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    nirvanabah , June 4, 2009 7:42 PM
    but can it blend?
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    cracklint , June 4, 2009 7:48 PM
    $359?
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    mavroxur , June 4, 2009 8:01 PM
    So, it's a tablet PC?
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    vertigo_2000 , June 4, 2009 8:08 PM
    Can I play Crysis on it?

    Whoa! Guys... before you hit the "thumbs down" button... I was just joking. :D 

    It looks like a bit iPod Touch.
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    mindless728 , June 4, 2009 8:22 PM
    so, how long until linux gets ported to this machine
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    joebob2000 , June 4, 2009 8:28 PM
    If it had a battery in it, I would say it will sell for $999. As it is, though, maybe $399 if the screen has decent color, and it takes a bluetooth keyboard and can run FireFox.
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    grieve , June 4, 2009 8:37 PM
    If only i had some pictures to show...
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    suddenstop , June 4, 2009 8:58 PM
    nettop price range
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    yourtechsupport , June 4, 2009 9:03 PM
    So.... this is more like a.... thin client?
    I can see this getting a higher-end netbook price on it.
    ... and I can see myself owning one.
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    cielmerlion , June 4, 2009 9:55 PM
    i can totally see myself owning one, as long as it came with a decent alarm clock app (makes for a sweet excuse to buy it)
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    anarchy4sale , June 4, 2009 11:01 PM
    I like, I would put this next to my bed instead of my netbook.
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    anamaniac , June 4, 2009 11:12 PM
    mindless728so, how long until linux gets ported to this machine


    :) 

    512mb of ram for low res pictures!?
    400MHz processor.

    I think it would work for basic unix use.
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 1:11 AM
    Being that I am "in the industry" I have followed discussion about SilverFrame all over the Internet. And I have to admit your words "We’re also wondering why SilverPac is calling this a digital picture frame..." pretty much sum up what other are saying.

    I actually had more to say and did in my own blog. But I won't hijack your blog with all that.

    CeivaJoe
    www.viewpointframed.com
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 4:01 AM
    a good price would be somewhere around $120.
    It can't display HD video, but perhaps you could play some basic (and old) games on it as well!
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    doomtomb , June 5, 2009 8:56 AM
    Ummmmmmm a digital picture frame for $359. Go buy a netbook and it can do all those things plus more.
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    archange , June 5, 2009 12:44 PM
    Price range between 499 - 599 US; just my bet.

    Maybe within a year, if it catches on - which it could / should, we'll se some price reduction.
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    Hanin33 , June 5, 2009 3:29 PM
    really nice but could they have put too many functions in it to allow for a viable price? i think anything above $250USD would be a bit much considering you start to walk into territory dominated by other more mature devices above that price point.