TechCrunch 200 Dollar Tablet PC-Prototype B

Pic Prototype A

TechCrunch has been working on a low cost, (approx $200-299) thin tablet PC that fits comfortably in your lap and boots directly to your browser. here are some updates on it

Pic Prototype B


-12-inch touchscreen with a 4:3 aspect ratio (which is ideal for web browsing in my opinion).

-powered with a Via Nano processor, which has performed at par with the Intel Atom at their testing.

-1 GB of ram (more then enough)

-4 GB flash drive to store the OS and browser and any cache.

-Resolution is 1024×768, which means the vast majority of websites are viewed in full width without scrolling.


-accelerometer (so when you turn the screen on its side you can view more of a web page)

-camera and a four cell battery.

-Software:  Ubuntu Linux  with a custom Webkit browser. Custom drivers and onscreen virtual keyboard, created by Singapore-based Fusion Garage

-weight 3 lbs

Total cost of the device, with included estimates for the case, codecs and other miscellaneous items, is just over $200. Prototype B is actually much less expensive because the screen we used isn’t very good. The price estimate includes a much better, more expensive LCD.

The case, which was designed and built by David Yarnell and Greg Lalier from Dynacept, is 12.5″ x 9.7″ x 1.3″. It’s about twice as thick as is needs to be without further engineering – we just built in a safety thickness in case of heat or other issues.

Here are the videos:


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