French tablet maker Evigroup is officially one of the first companies to ship a tablet running Windows 8. Actually, the Evigroup SmartPaddle Pro is available with Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows 7 in a dual-boot configuration.
That lets users decide which operating system they prefer — and when Windows 8 is released this fall, Evigroup will provide an update to customers free of charge.
Shipping a computer with a pre-release version of Windows is unusual, to say the least. I’m not sure what Microsoft’s policy on this sort of thing is, but since Evigroup is a relatively small company based in Europe, they might be able to fly under Microsoft’s radar.
The SmartPaddle Pro features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 single core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a choice of a 32GB or 64GB solid state disk.
While the Atom N450 processor normally can’t handle HD video playback very well, Evigroup’s tablet also includes a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator for high definition video support.
The tablet features WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G and A-GPS, weighs about 2.2 pounds, measures about half an inch thick, and gets up to 5 hours of battery life.
It tablet has 3 USB 2.0 ports and Ethernet and audio jacks, as well as 1.3MP front-facing camera.
The SmartPaddle Pro doesn’t come cheap. Prices range from 759 Euros to 1190 Euros. That’s about $939 to $1489 US.
via Notebook Italia