While we all wait for Apple and maybe Google to introduce their tablet computers, a company by the name of Freescale has a vision of cheaper tablets. Freescale provides the guts of tablet computer that they call smatbooks. Though the company does not have any vendors as of yet, their announcement at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show this week, could turn the computer industry on its head. Freescale is a semiconductor company that forsees cheap tablet computers in the $199 range as soon as this summer.
According to one article it stated that:
The Freescale tablet reference design (pictured above) has specifications close to what we have been hearing about the mythical Apple tablet: a 7-inch touch screen, 3-megapixel camera and various sensors such as a 3-axis accelerometer and an ambient light sensor.
Next to the 512MB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage (microSD expansion) and a 1GHz processor, Freescale’s smartbook tablet features a potentially killer spec: a $200 price-tag. Next to an Android or Linux operating system, it also includes WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and options for a 3G modem.
The smartbook reference design is intended to run everyday-use applications such as a Web browser (with Adobe Flash support), an email client, an RSS reader, social networking tools and an office suite among others.
If manufacturers goes with the Freescale concept, we could potentially see these sub $200 computers in a store near you in our future. In looking at the specifications, this pint sized computers could potentially turn the computer industry upside down and offer inexpensive tablets that everyone can afford.
If this does come true I can see a tablet in my future. What about you?