Freescale Debuts $200 Chromium Tablet with Integrated Webcam, Linux Compatibility

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http://www.maximumpc.com – Freescale is certainly having some fun with the tablet PC concept. Back at CES it showed off it’s i.MX51 reference design platform, a 7-inch touch screen tablet running Android. In a repeat performance at the Mobile World Congress it trotted out the i.MX51 once more, but this time sporting both Chromium OS and Linux (Milos by ThunderSoft). Freescale refers to this reference design as the “Smartbook”, which is7.87 x 5.04 x 0.59 inches in size, with a 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen. It has a i.MX515 processor with an ARM Cortex A8 core. It has 512MB DDR2 memory and from 4GB to 64GB internal storage. It is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable, with support for 3G and RF4CE. It also has a 3 megapixel camera, a microSD slot, a USB2.0 port, a USB mini port, audio input/output, and a SIM card slot. The battery is charged via USB. While the tablet itself looks good, though perhaps a tad small, its pricing makes it look even better. It’s reported that Freescale is positioning its tablet for the sub-$200 market. Not a bad deal, if the proof of concept bears out. We’ll know in a couple months, as rumor has it Freescale is looking to have its tablet available this Summer.   Image Credit: lockergnome/YouTube (General)