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Always Innovating Touch Book Priced

Back at the beginning of March we wrote about Always Innovating’s Touch Book, the netbook with a super cool design and a battery life of a whopping 15 hours. Today it looks like we’re getting closer to seeing that baby on e-shelves.

According to Engadget the tablet/netbook, complete with removable keyboard recently cropped up on Always Innovating’s under construction X-Cart powered online store. The site lists four entries, two each for the Touch Book tablet and the keyboard, both available in gray and red. Prices, which were previously unannounced were set at $299 for the unit itself and $99 for keyboard. From the looks of things you can buy them separately but I can’t imagine you’d want it without the keyboard anyway. No word on an actual ship date from the site but it certainly looks like it won’t be long.

Just to refresh your memory, the ARM powered Touch Book boasted the following specs: a 1024x600 display, 8GB micro SD card, Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth, 3-dimensional accelerometer, speakers, mic and headphone jack, 6 USB 2.0 (3 internal, 2 external, 1 mini) and 10 to 15 hours of battery life. It measures in at 9.4-inch x 7-inch x 1.4" and 2 lb. Always Innovating also went ahead and developed its own Linux-based OS.

So what’s the verdict, now that we have some indication that it’ll be here soon and a price, who’s interested? I’d be wary of the OS, particularly because this thing likely wouldn’t be able to handle Windows XP but it’s a sweet looking piece of kit with a decent price tag.

  • JMS3096
    Of course it can't handle Windows XP, it's ARM based! Why would anyone choose an insecure, obsolete, 7-year old operating system over a modern, optimised Linux distro anyway?
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  • JMS3096
    Of course it can't run Windows XP! It's ARM-based, which is how it can manage a 15-hour battery life in the first place! But seriously, why would ANYONE choose an insecure, obsolete, power-hungry OS like XP over a modern, optimised Linux distro?
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  • JMS3096
    Sorry about the double.
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  • tacoslave
    oh god yes finally a reason for me to buy a netbook for only 400 bucks and its touch screen. now the question should i buy this or wait for one supporting the ion platform, hope the latter isnt too expensive.
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  • sublifer
    Least you said something different the 2nd time.

    Might make a nice toy but I want to see an ION powered netbook :)
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  • hellwig
    Maybe with ARM processors, and simple OSs like Android, we will actually be able to separate a low-cost internet device from a cheap, underpowered notebook some company just wants to make some extra money off of by calling it a "netbook".

    Seriously, so many people complain about netbooks being too small and underpowered, when what they really want is a cheap notebook. Sorry, sometimes you actually have to pay for what you get. For those of us who don't mind the small keyboard and screen because we meant to buy a small computer used only for the internet, this seems like a smart move.
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  • Niva
    The real question is, what kind of touch capabilities this thing has. Does it come with a stylus that is pressure sensitive? If I can make sketches in GIMP with a pressure sensitive stylus on this thing I'm sold!
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  • random1283
    Hmmm its supposedly atom so I don't see why it can't handle xp
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  • random1283
    my bad sorry got it confused with this other toch netbook that just got released recently
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  • absolutely ugly design (the two sticks under the screen)!
    Battery life will most certainly be less

    Otherwise yet another EeePc variant!

    But I'm happy ARM processors find an entry in these type of machines!
    I hope ARM might challenge Intel more in the Atom,and low-powered CPU section.
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