Freescale evolves second-generation smartbook form factors with new tablet design

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And now the string of designs and tablets will commence in 2010.  Here is an interesting article on one of these designs (not a real tablet).

In my opinion this design has a number of positive aspects, not least being the ability to “turn” it into a laptop computer with the additional accessory.  For someone at the moment who does not have a laptop but a desktop PC, the attraction of a tablet is the ability to fit it easily into a briefcase and to use it around the house (rather than being stuck in a room).   The accessory of the keyboard does provide the user the ability to fix it in a room and use it like a normal laptop.

Detailed in this article is the “solution is intended to enable a second generation of smartbook products with prices less than $200 and featuring form factors that fully leverage the power, performance and functionality advantages of advanced ARM® processor technology. It is designed to provide instant-on functionality, persistent connectivity and all-day battery life.”

So here are my positive observations on this concept:

  • With a price tag of around $200 or less this places this product in a fantastic price category;
  • The processing power will enable this device to be a multi-media device and also a practical computing device;
  • Instant-on, like the iPhone, makes the device user friendly and quick to get going;
  • The persistent connectivity is a necessity in this day and age of “always on” user requirements;
  • Battery requirements are critical for the success of any device, and the longer the battery life the better the device;
  • A light and easy to carry device;
  • Compatibility with other devices including USB devices; and
  • Interoperability with items like the keyboard for this device.

I am sure you can find the negatives yourself but I am going to leave this article with just the positives.

Cheers

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Scott North has extensive experience in enterprise risk management, internal audit, operational risk and compliance, risk strategy, scenario planning, technology risk, technology business analysis, systems design, financial accounting, and management accounting. Scott is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants with a Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne in Business and Information Technology. Scott is also a Fellow of the University of Melbourne.