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Freescale Announces 7-inch $200 Tablet Design

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Forget the JooJoo or Apple's supposed plans for a touchscreen tablet. Freescale is talking about a $200, 7-inch touchscreen tablet that it plans to show off at CES 2010 later this week.

The tiny device packs a 1GHz i.MX515  processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, a 1,024 x 600 touch panel, 4GB to 64GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion slot, optional 3G WWAN module, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, a USB 2.0 socket, audio in / out, 3 megapixel camera, an accelerometer and a 1,900mAh battery.

While Engadget reports that the device is "little more than a great idea" at the moment, the company is said to be aiming to make the device available for partner evaluation starting next month, which would be excellent timing considering all the touchscreen tablet talk we've been hearing from/about other companies lately.

What do you guys think? It might be ugly as sin (I think it's so ugly it's actually kind of charming, but there you go) though $199 isn't something to turn your nose up at. Interested?

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    08nwsula , January 4, 2010 9:26 PM
    too bad the screen is supposed to be resistive and not capacitive
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    darkknight22 , January 4, 2010 9:34 PM
    at this point with the circus surrounding the JooJoo, I'm gonna go with "I'll believe it when I see it".....
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    idisarmu , January 4, 2010 9:35 PM
    08nwsulatoo bad the screen is supposed to be resistive and not capacitive


    Is multitouch THAT important to you???

    What's wrong with resistive? Pinch zoom is nice, but not worth the extra price at the moment.
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    littlec , January 4, 2010 9:46 PM
    I agree with idisarmu, for $200 I'd love to have one just for shits and giggles as I don't have any practical need for one.
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    Shadow703793 , January 4, 2010 10:10 PM
    Can it run... nevermind :lol: 

    Anyways, imo, this is only good for web browsing or such. mainly because it's on ARM so not an insane amount of software for it....
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    nbelote , January 4, 2010 10:11 PM
    It's touch-screen small-scale tablets like this that are going to be the way of the future. Think about Star Trek: all these great ideas that Gene Roddenberry had have pretty much found their way into modern technology: cell phones, laptops, LCD touch-screens, there's tons more. Why not the PADD, that little device that ST:TNG people handed back and forth like a clipboard. It was touchscreen and small and very portable.
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    nbelote , January 4, 2010 10:13 PM
    Add current tablet technology into ebook readers like this:

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/skiff-ebook-reader,news-5464.html

    and you'll have exactly the ST:TNG PADD.
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    wildwell , January 4, 2010 10:40 PM
    I think a $200.00 tablet would be popular with the e-reader crowd, but the display will have to be very easy on the eyes.
    I think it would be worth $200.00 if it only was a full color e-reader.
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    christop , January 4, 2010 11:35 PM
    Kinda nice...
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    08nwsula , January 5, 2010 12:01 AM
    idisarmuIs multitouch THAT important to you???What's wrong with resistive? Pinch zoom is nice, but not worth the extra price at the moment.

    it's more than just pinch and zoom, it's also is more scratch resistant and has higher visibility. Plus, multitouch does do pinch and zoom but it also offers a lot more versatile programming than just that.
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    pharge , January 5, 2010 12:52 AM
    hmm... I want the nice tablet they have in the Avator...lol

    About this one.. hmm... I am not sure why do I need it for... for web?...I will need a keyboard... for ebook and note taking... that can work.. but not sure how good the software it can be.. though I really not into MS too much... but I do like their onenote which works very well on my tablet. I like taking notes while I am reading papers I downloaded (PDF) and I also like that I can intergrate my note taking and voice/video recording while I am in a meeting. That is what I need a tablet for... Can it do the jobs well? or just a big iPod touch?
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    peckiro , January 5, 2010 10:15 AM
    I'm a physician and a device like this would make my in treatment room daily notes a breeze. It's small enough to fit on my small wall desk in my treatment rooms that I now handscratch illegible notes on patient charts. And done on the cheap to boot!
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    Ehsan w , January 5, 2010 10:57 AM
    Is it bloatware free? :p 
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    obiown77 , January 5, 2010 4:28 PM
    Shadow703793Can it run... nevermind Anyways, imo, this is only good for web browsing or such. mainly because it's on ARM so not an insane amount of software for it....


    Can it run what? Cause all I can think about myself is CAN IT RUN CRYSIS!? ZOMG! that would be awzum!