Sol Computer unveils ruggedized, pricey netbook with Pixel Qi screen
Sol Computer is a small California-based company that offers computers with Pixel Qi sunlight readable displays. The company’s notebooks and tablets are aimed at customers willing to pay a premium price for a screen that’s visible outdoors, including pilots and other professionals that work outdoors.
This week Sol Computer started showing off its latest product — a netbook with a semi-rugged case.
The new Sol netbook is based on the Intel Classmate PC design, which means it has a case that’s meant to stand up to tough abuse — at the hands of children. It’s made of thick plastic with rubberized elements and it can withstand a fall from a few feet to the floor.
According to The Digital Reader, Sol Computer will sell a model with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and 160GB of storage for about $950.
That’s about twice as much as a typical Classmate PC, but Sol Computer builds a small number of these computers to order by taking existing products and retrofitting them with Pixel Qi displays. That’s not a cheap process.
Sol will also begin selling a 7 inch Windows tablet soon. The company started showing off a prototype at CES in January, but the case design has been refined since then.
The new tablet will be available with a variety of options including 16GB to 64GB of storage, 1GB to 2GB of RAM, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth. It will have a low power Intel Atom processor, and a 7 inch Pixel Qi screen.