Move over Apple, Microsoft, Archos, and everybody else. Another company is elbowing its way into the already-crowded tablet computer space (and I say crowded, even though most of these companies haven’t actually released a tablet yet… but they will). Russian site The eBook reports that the new player is the Lbook T9 which will reportedly sell for between $350 and $375.
The device is a tablet with an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G. It will weigh just under 1.5 pounds and measure about half an inch thick.
The Lbook T9 is due out around March, 2010 and it’s expected to ship with Windows 7.
It’s not necessarily the most impressive tablet I’ve seen. But the price ain’t bad. Of course, for just a little more you can pick up an Asus Eee PC T91 which has a touchscreen and a keyboard. But it won’t be as thin or light.
via UMPC Portal
Fwiw, I would certainly want one. I need a device to write long, minimally formatted documents on, to review such documents, to deal with email, and for PDA/project management stuff. Internet access and good VoIP would be damn handy (I’m a Clear customer) and I guess that I would eventually end up watching videos on it (non-streaming is fine) but those are extras, not deal breakers.
Make it cheap enough and I would want a tablet. It will not replace any of my current PCs. It would be more of a media device with additional capabilities.
Why should I want a tablet computer? I can’t think of a reason.
At $350, possibly just to read web pages while you’re in the bathroom. (Steve Jobs allegedly once killed an earlier Apple tablet that was never released, claiming this was all it was good for.) As an ebook reader with color and full-blown web pages. To take notes in class, if you’re a student. To draw freehand diagrams on.
To replace a computer, even a netbook? Not likely.
The traditional knock against pure tablet pcs is that they’ve been overpriced, bulky, lacking in battery life, and insufficient to replace a PC. This one’s seemingly solved the price and size, and is cheap enough that it doesn’t necessarily need to replace a PC. Which is why the battery life is the remaining question.
An observation from the entertainment industry – –
The set decorators of even recent “high tech” and/or “future fiction” programs
still have the characters carrying around the 20th century, fat, heavy, bulky,
Maybe Hollywood does not subscribe to Liliputing.com?
What I mean is that these things have been available before.
We had an HP floating around a previous office that was the same basic thing. And no one really liked it.
Even more importantly, almost no one ever bought the things, even though it’s seemingly a cool idea.
So when I say that’s the traditional knock against them, I mean that these are the best reasons I’ve seen for why people haven’t flocked to them up until now.
Interesting. If the battery life is decent, this could be a tempting little device.
Still TBD whether this form factor will catch on in the long term.
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