Cregle PenBook

The Cregle PenBook is a new tablet computer with a 10 inch display. But while most tablets hitting the market this year run Google Android, the PenBook is a Windows 7 machine. It also adds a digital pen for handwriting and drawing to the mix.

We first heard about the PenBook last month, and now the tablet has shown up at the FCC website. While there’s still no official release date, it looks like the computer is inching a little closer to reality.

The FCC listing includes a number of tablet photos as well as a user manual. Here are some of the things I learned from the manual:

  • The PenBook features a multitouch display with palm-rejection technology so you can place your hand on the screen and use the pen to write.
  • There are touch-sensitive bars above and below the screen which you can use for gestures to adjust screen brightness, trigger Page Up or Down actions, or send a Ctrl+Alt+Del signal. You can also create custom gesture-based commands.
  • The tablet has a 5000mAh, 6 hour battery which is user replaceable.

The PenBook has a Wacom active digitizer and a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 or 1024 x 768 pixels. No, I don’t know why both of those resolutions are listed either.

Cregle’s tablet has a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 1GB of RAM, 2 USB ports, a headset jack, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1. 16GB and 32GB solid state disk options will be available. The RAM also looks fairly easy to upgrade and the tablet will support up to 2GB of memory.

The tablet measures 10.4″ x 7.2″  x 0.7″ and weighs 2.3 pounds.

Overall the Cregle PenBook looks like an interesting addition to the tablet space, but I have two reasons for concern. First, we still don’t know how much the company will charge for the PenBook. And second, the product photos posted to the FCC website don’t look nearly as attractive as the rendered images posted on the PenBook website. I’m hoping it’s just the unflattering lighting that’s making this computer look like it was carved out of soap and stuck together with tape (FCC photos do tend to be pretty ugly), but it might be that what you see is what you get.

Update: The Digital Reader spotted a demo video:

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