Tag: windows7

FIC Tycoon tablet

by editor on Nov.22, 2010, under Tycoon Tablet


First International Computer, a Taiwan based manufacturer of notebooks and desktops launched their first tablet, the ‘Tycoon’, running on windows.
The tablet has a 10.1″ LED screen and will run Windows 7 Ultimate. Powered by a Intel Atom N455 procesor paired with a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator, the tablet allows for flawless HD video playback. The tablet is commuter friendly, weighing 840 grams.

It incorporates 2GB DDR3 RAM, has 2 USB (2.0) ports and a mini HDMI for video out, besides 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Since Windows 7 supports multi-touch by default, the platform does not seem to have been redesigned for the tablet. Dismal battery performance of just 3 hours. If you were looking for a portable tablet like form factor for your Windows PC then go for the tycoon, as you the experience is more like a PC than a tablet with apps.
The Tycoon tablet is available on sale at $660 in Taiwan on the U Life TV shopping channel. FIC is expecting sales to be around 1000 pieces a month at the domestic level.

Technical Specs

10.1 inch LED, 1024 x 600 pixels

9.6″ x 6.9″ x 0.6″

850 grams

1.66GHz Intel Atom N455

Windows 7 Ultimate


1.8 inch HDD

802.11b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 2.1

VGA, 2 USB ports, Mic and Headphone jacks

2700mAh Polymer battery (up to 3 hours)

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Lenovo Skylight Tablet book

by editor on May.28, 2010, under Lenovo Skylight Tablet book

When we first heard about Lenovo’s innovative tablets they were supposed to be running their own custom version of Linux. They have thrown out the idea and decided to go with Android instead.

The “Skylight” smartbook (above) is reportedly powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 1GHz ARM processor core and was equipped with 10” screen (1024×600 resolution), 20GB flash storage, Wi-Fi, 3GB,  and a keyboard. The “UI Hybrid” which has a detachable touch screen tablet, that while docked, runs Windows 7 and when you remove the tablet portion it runs the same custom version of Linux that the Skylight has.
Since it’s now being preloaded with Android we don’t know yet if it will keep this same setup or have the ability to dual boot Android and Windows 7 or if it will be all Android. Lenovo is now targeting Q4 as a release for their Android powered devices. Pricing for these devices is rumored to be around $499.

May 28, 2010
From Lenovo Sales.
After careful consideration of market conditions and user feedback, Lenovo has decided to focus its resources on building a family of next-generation mobile internet devices based upon open technologies such as (but not limited to) the Android kernel, similar to the Lenovo smartphone, which is available for sale in China now.
As a result of Lenovo’s strategic shift towards open standards such as an Android kernel based environment, the Company has shelved its plans to release the initial version of the Skylight smartbook that featured a proprietary Linux based OS.
Lenovo remains committed to working with our strategic partners to deliver innovative products in the growing mobile internet space, including the aforementioned smartphones and smartbooks, as well as exploring innovative new concepts that continue to “push-the-envelope” like the U1 hybrid PC.
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Microsoft Courier tablet #fail

by editor on Mar.05, 2010, under Microsoft Courier Tab

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.

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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.
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