eviGroup SmartPaddle

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.

via SlashGear

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2 replies on “eviGroup SmartPaddle is a netbook in tablet’s clothing”

  1. The name makes it sound like it was designed for smart canoers/rowers. 🙂

  2. I appreciate that you’re trying to sound ironically incredulous, but you are also nicely illustrating the sound and long established reasons why form factor labels are independent of other elements. This device is just a slate. The same “guts” can live inside slates, clamshells, or convertibles, or desktops. Neither size, input methods, nor hardware platform are relevant when describing a form factor.

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