Like virtually every other PC vendor on the planet, the folks at CTL are preparing to launch a tablet this summer. But there are a few reasons this one might actually be worth checking out.
First, CTL has been working with Intel’s Classmate PC netbook reference design for the past few years. That includes several touchscreen laptops with displays that you can fold down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode. And while these netbooks have run Windows XP or Windows 7, they’ve also included touch friendly program launchers that make it much easier to navigate the user interface with your fingertips. I wouldn’t venture so far as to say that the touch UI on these tablets was iPod/iPad-like in terms of ease of use, but it’s definitely better than a stock Windows desktop.
Second, the tablet will come in at an iPad-like price. CTL is hoping to sell the slate for about $499, which isn’t bad when you consider that in addition to the touch-friendly program launcher, you get a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a capacitive multitouch 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1-2GB of RAM, a 2MP webcam, 2 USB ports, mic and heaphone jacks, and VGA and Ethernet ports.It will be available with 160GB to 320GB hard drives or 16GB or 32GB SSD and optional 3G and GPS.
In other words, the CTL tablet will be able to handle a lot of things the iPad can’t, including video chat, Adobe Flash, and Windows applications.
After the break you can check out a video of a pre-production sample and take a look at a few more photos. The 2Go PC tablet should be available for purchase this summer.