The government of India has unveiled a prototype of a touchscreen, tablet computer which it expects to sell for $35 initially... The Indian prototype is impressive--especially at a $35 price point. The device runs on a variation of Linux.
Tech Source: "There is a new tablet PC in town that runs Linux, and its name is Shogo. Made by realease, a Hong Kong-based platform provider, this device features a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen and will be available in two models: one has a Freescale i.MX37 (ARM 11) processor; the other model is loaded with a Freescale i.MX51 (ARM Cortex A8) processor."
Handle With Linux: "This is the prototype of the Kno a Linux based dual screen textbook replacement shown by Californian startup Kakai at at the 8th Annual Conference of D: All Things Digital, otherwise known as D8."
Freescale touts cheap Linux tablet
$200 tablet PCs have been something of a pipe dream. There was the Crunchpad, which was supposed to be $200, but that didn’t last very long, coming out as the $400 Joo Joo. If what Freescale showed off at Mobile World Congress becomes reality, though, the dream may finally come true.
During Microsofts recent Worldwide Partner Conference, COO Kevin Turner assured channel partners that tablet PCs running Windows 7 would soon counter Apples iPad. But perhaps Turner and Microsoft should be more worried about another rapidly emerging tablet rival: Google Android.
FT.com: "IBM has joined forces with chip companies Arm, Freescale, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, to create a company that will accelerate the development of Linux software for devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers and digital televisions."