How much money would you be willing to shell out for a tablet PC with a 10.4-inch XVGA (1024 x 768) LCD touchscreen display, single-cell lithium ion battery and internal memory capacity amounting to 1 GB lpDDR2 and 32GB eMMC? How does $2,259 sound?
Yes, you read that right. Texas Instruments (TI) is charging $2,259 (plus shipping and handling) for the OMAP Blaze, a tablet now pre-orderable from the Web site of its manufacturing partner SVTronics.
On the other hand, if you’d only foreseen a price tag of a few hundred bucks for your next tablet, maybe you don’t really need the Blaze and its temperature, proximity, pressure and ambient light sensors.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, TI’s Blaze isn’t targeted at ordinary consumers or business users, but at developers.
Other features of the forthcoming dev machine, to name a few, include TI’s OMAP4430 1GHz processor; four digital microphones; HDMI; a multi-touch capable touch screen controller; a digital compass; Projected Capacitance Touch; and room inside for multiple cameras and both 3G and LTE modem support. It’s also connected via GPS, FM, and WLAN (802.11a/b/g/n).
You can pick up the tablet from the SVTronics Web site, if your pockets are deep enough. The target release date is August 2010. Click over for the lengthy spec sheet.
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