The Mio V780 is a 7 inch tablet built around NVIDIA’s Tegra platform, which means it should be able to handle HD and 3D graphics. While the UI is based on Windows CE, Mio has crafted a custom3D user interface so that you’ll never have to see the guts of Windows CE. You’re still stuck with a version of Internet Explorer 6 though. A Google Android version may also be in the works.
The tablet has an 800 x 480 pixel display and can handle a variety of audio and video formats including H.264, DivX, Windows Media, and MP4. It supports WiFi, 3G, and WiMAX connections and an optional digital TV tuner. I’m pretty sure it includes GPS capabilities too (which is really what Mio is best known for). The tablet will come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB to 8GB of flash storage and sell for about 599 Euros ($820 US) when it’s available in Europe.
The price tag seems a bit high. But there’s one thing I absolutely love about the Moov V780 — the carrying case features a keyboard and stand.
I love a good tablet style device that comes with an optional keyboard accessory that effectively turns it into a laptop. I wrote about 90% of my master’s thesis while sitting in a coffee shop with a Dell PDA connected to a keyboard via a clunky docking station and sync cable.
The Mio Moov V780 keyboard seems to be a much better solution, since the keyboard is built right into the carrying case, and no extra docking station or cables are required. There’s also a touchpad or trackball of sorts built into the keyboard so you don’t have to keep lifting your hand to tap on the touchscreen display.
You can check out a hands-on video from jkkmobile after the break.
I agree, I like the case that has a keyboard built into it and a ‘stand’ for ease of viewing the screen. I think it is very innovative. If they price was half of what is shown, I think it would be more appealling; at least to me. 🙂
And there’s no reason something very similar to this couldn’t be made for every tablet out there… Only if it used bluetooth there wouldn’t even be a wire… And you could probably do something slightly slicker and easier to carry around… Or you could do something like the Lenovo Hydra without the CULV base part, and just have a big battery and keyboard on one end, and a removable tablet device as the ‘screen’ and have a viable all around system… These are some thought’s I’ve been having for awhile now, on how to extend the tablet system in a way that would actually bring it into competition with netbooks/laptops.
If it used a tiny wireless usb connection, it could possibly work for other similar sized tablets (or have versions for different size tablets?). It would overcome the downside to most tablet pc’s; the lack of a keyboard.
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