Some specifications and images of the eagerly awaited Microsoft Courier tablet have been released. It is a device that is currently expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2010, at a unknown price, and will give stiff competition to the iPad and Kindle.
The Courier is a tablet that has also been called a digital journal and an e-book reader, and looks like it will be powered by a Tegra 2 processor, and feature an OS based on the Zune HD and Windows Mobile 7 series OSes. The device will weigh approximately 500 gms and measure about 5”x7”x1” when closed, and has a pen-based interface with handwriting and drawing recognition, apart from offering native e-book reader functionality. The Courier will also support media playback, and have a built-in camera. The open-to-use, two-screen interface looks good, and will be especially for readers of e-book and e-magazines. The device will also have potential for gaming. The video below (gizmodo) shows the potential for such a device.
We’ll let you know more news and updates about the Microsoft Courier as they happen.
Update: Microsoft has cancelled the courier tablet.
According to Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications Frank Shaw:
“At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”
Microsoft Courier tablet #fail.