German manufacturer Neofonie revealed a few more details about its upcoming Android-based WePad, including a general ship date. If all goes to plan, the WePad will make its debut sometime in July followed by volume shipments in August, just in time for the back to school rush.
We still don't know how much it's going to cost, but according to news and rumor site Fudzilla, initial listings show the tablet checking in at around $570 after the exchange rate. We haven't seen any listings ourselves, but if that is how much the WePad ends up selling for, it might have a tough time competing against lower priced models, including Apple's $500 entry-level iPad.
On the hardware front, the WePad will sport an Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, 1GB of memory, 16GB of flash storage, an SDHC card slot, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a pair of USB ports. The 11.6-inch screen is slightly larger than the iPad's, and at 800g, it doesn't weigh a ton more either.
Can open-source overtake the iPhone? The iPad? Apple itself? That's the dominant position of Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. But is that an idea that's based on reality? He's been trying to paint a connection between Sun and its Solaris OS--a "legacy" operating system to Linux, he suggests--and Apple's various devices. While it's all well and good to somehow consider that just because one mighty empire toppled, the next is just as likely to crack... that's just wrong. Apple has nothing to fear from the open-source world.
Competition in the tablet market looks to be fierce, and that could be bad news for Apple. The latest vendor to go gunning for the iPad is Neofonie, a German company who has put together an Android-based tablet called the WePad.
Neofonie makes it clear who its competition is, and in a related "Facts Sheet"( PDF), the German outfit openly compares the WePad's spec sheet to Apple's iPad. The WePad includes an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom N450 processor, 16GB of internal Flash memory (up to 32GB), a pair of USB ports, support for Adobe Flash/AIR, multitasking, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, optional 3G, optional GPS, and both a WePad AppStore and Google Android Marketplace.
Neofonie also mentions a WeMagazine ePublishng Eco System in a sales pitch to publishing houses.
"For publishing houses, every reader gained with the WePad represents a direct and long-term customer relationship, the foundation for paid content, extensive customer knowledge, and new forms of customer communication," Neofonie says. "While platforms like Apple iTunes and Amazon Kindle force publishing houses into the role of simply a content supplier, the WePad allows publishing houses to retain access to and knowledge of their audience."