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."
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."
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.