Freescale is certainly having some fun with the tablet PC concept. Back at CES it showed off it’s i.MX51 reference design platform , a 7-inch touch screen tablet running Android. In a repeat performance at the Mobile World Congress it trotted out the i.MX51 once more, but this time sporting both Chromium OS and Linux ( Milos by ThunderSoft ).
Freescale refers to this reference design as the “ Smartbook ”, which is7.87 x 5.04 x 0.59 inches in size, with a 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen. It has a i.MX515 processor with an ARM Cortex A8 core. It has 512MB DDR2 memory and from 4GB to 64GB internal storage. It is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable, with support for 3G and RF4CE. It also has a 3 megapixel camera, a microSD slot, a USB2.0 port, a USB mini port, audio input/output, and a SIM card slot. The battery is charged via USB.
While the tablet itself looks good, though perhaps a tad small, its pricing makes it look even better. It’s reported that Freescale is positioning its tablet for the sub-$200 market . Not a bad deal, if the proof of concept bears out. We’ll know in a couple months, as rumor has it Freescale is looking to have its tablet available this Summer.
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