Although a bit behind schedule, Always Innovating’s Touchbook, a netbook/tablet like device we covered in March will finally start shipping in July. And we now know it will include a TI OMAP3530 processor, which should produce enough moving power for video and websurfing without negating significant battery life. Be warned, though, that the OS is a work in progress and that it will be far from ‘flawless’ upon release, although they plan on having the kinks worked out before the end of the year and will offer your choice of operating system. Price for the for the Touchbook remains at $399 – $299 for the Tablet and $100 for the detachable keyboard. And that pic above, it’s the real deal where as before it was a rendering.
- Texas Instruments OMAP3530 with Micron 256MB (RAM) + 256MB (NAND) Memory
- 8.9 inches 1024×600 A+ screen
- Main storage: 8GB SD card — we decided to change from Micro SD to standard SD, so that you can easily upgrade it
- Internal USB wifi 802.11 b/g/n powered by a Ralink 3070 chipset
- Internal USB bluetooth class 2.1
- FCC, CE, UL-certified, 5V, 3.5A power adapter
- 8.9 inches pressure sensitive touch screen
- US Qwerty 24cm-large keyboard — around 95% of the size of a standard keyboard
- Cirque Touchpad
- Two Owolff high-quality internal stereo speakers
- 3D accelerometer
- Two internal batteries 6000 and 12000mAh — it can be replaced with a screw driver
- 7 USB ports: three external, four internal, three of them may be reserved for wifi, bluetooth and keyboard
- Bi-color silver/black case — see photos — with a beautiful dark-red back cover (we decided to go only for red for the first batch as it really jumps out, you won’t regret it).
- Secured attachment system of tablet into keyboard
- Independent magnet system for the tablet — we don’t want your Touch Book to un-magnetize all your credit cards while carrying it in your bag!