What do you get when you take the guts of a pretty typical netbook computer, chop off the keyboard and add a touchscreen? Apparently you get the eviGroup SmartPaddle, which looks a lot like a netbook when you read the spec-sheet, but looks more like an iPad when you look at the photos.
The SmartPaddle has a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, 2GB of memory, and a 32GB solid state disk. It has a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display with a capacitive multitouch panel. The computer has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 1.3MP webcam, a mini-HDMI port, 3 USB ports, and a mic and speakers. There’s also an accelerometer.
The company says the 3100mAh battery provides up to 5 hours of battery life while using Windows 7 Home Premium. There’s handwriting recognition and voice control software, and a suite of touch-friendly applications including an application launcher that looks like something you’d find on an iPad or Android tablet.
The tablet measures 10″ x 6.7″ x 0.6″. The French company will sell the SmartPaddle in Europe for about 550 Euros. Like other eviGroup tablets, I doubt we’ll see the SmartPaddle in the US anytime soon.