While the world waits for Apple to release its iSlate or i-whatever, Freescale has tossed its hat into into the tablet ring by developing a 7-inch tablet reference design . And guess what? It's only $199.
The final price could end up being higher, and who knows how much OEMs will jack up the price tag once they put their own spin on the reference design. But even at $250, the device looks promising.
Freescale's base configuration consists of an ARM processor, 7-inch resistive touchscreen display, 512MB of RAM, 4-64GB of internal memory, removable microSD slot, optional 3G modem, 801.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, USB, audio ports, SIM card, speaker, microphone, 3MP webcam, 1900mAh battery, accelerometer, and light sensor.
On the software front, the tablet comes with a customized Debian Linux distro, leaving the door open to install Linux apps.
According to Freescale, the design opens the door for companies to bring a tablet to market in as little as 6 months.
Image Credit: Freescale via Gizmodo