Freescale evolves second-generation smartbook form factors with new tablet design

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And now the string of designs and tablets will commence in 2010.  Here is an interesting article on one of these designs (not a real tablet).

In my opinion this design has a number of positive aspects, not least being the ability to “turn” it into a laptop computer with the additional accessory.  For someone at the moment who does not have a laptop but a desktop PC, the attraction of a tablet is the ability to fit it easily into a briefcase and to use it around the house (rather than being stuck in a room).   The accessory of the keyboard does provide the user the ability to fix it in a room and use it like a normal laptop.

Detailed in this article is the “solution is intended to enable a second generation of smartbook products with prices less than $200 and featuring form factors that fully leverage the power, performance and functionality advantages of advanced ARM® processor technology. It is designed to provide instant-on functionality, persistent connectivity and all-day battery life.”

So here are my positive observations on this concept:

  • With a price tag of around $200 or less this places this product in a fantastic price category;
  • The processing power will enable this device to be a multi-media device and also a practical computing device;
  • Instant-on, like the iPhone, makes the device user friendly and quick to get going;
  • The persistent connectivity is a necessity in this day and age of “always on” user requirements;
  • Battery requirements are critical for the success of any device, and the longer the battery life the better the device;
  • A light and easy to carry device;
  • Compatibility with other devices including USB devices; and
  • Interoperability with items like the keyboard for this device.

I am sure you can find the negatives yourself but I am going to leave this article with just the positives.

Cheers