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New details about the WePad: Price and Availability

The WePad of german company Neofonie made a lot of noise when it was announced some weeks ago. I was a bit surprised that it was called “the iPad killer” and that most commentators where quite enthusiastic about it, although there was no prototype and the whole thing was more like a concept than a real product.

Today Neofonie had a press conference in Berlin, where they gave an insight about their plans and allowed a glimpse on the WePad. And the interest was big:

(via WePad on Facebook)

Then, Neofonie-Boss Hoffer von Ankershoffen showed off the WePad (which was only running a video of the UI, not the WePad UI itself, see bottom of this article):

(via touchmemobile on twitpic)

Here are the updated specifications as they where twittered by androidpit.de and others who were present (updates in green):

Specifications  Neofonie WePad
Processor(s) Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M 1,66 Ghz
RAM 1GB
Screen 11,6-Inch / 1366×768 / multitouch
Storage 16GB / 32GB NAND Flash
A/V Input Webcam (1,3MP), built-in Microphone
A/V Output Stereo Speakers, HDMI-Port
Network WLAN (n) / Bluetooth 2.1 / optional 3G
Connectors 2 x USB
Sensors Ambient Light Sensor / Motion Sensor
Battery Lithium-Ion Polymer
Extras SDHC Cardreader / SIM-Slot/ Multi-Pin Connector / optional GPS / supports Flash / runs Adobe Air, Java, and Linux Apps/ 1080p Full HD optional / Standard SIM Card slot (no micro slot) / No SIM lock / distribution online, through carriers and through media houses/ WePad MetaStore for WePad Apps / WePad OS / MeeGo OS / virtual Android device running on MeeGo / Androidpit.com marketplace
Price Range 449 Euros (606 $) for 16GB and Wifi model / 569 Euros (767 $) for the 32GB, Wifi, 3G, GPS, Full HD Model
Manufacturer/Vendor  Pegatron Corp. / Neofonie

 

Here’s the updated specs sheet directly from Neofonie: Specifications sheet WePad (with new rendered images)

The WePad can be preordered by April 27, 2010 and they will start shipping around August for everybody.

In May there will be a roadshow, where the WePad will be presented to a wider audience.

People attending the press conference reported, that there is no horizontal scrolling and the display is reflective (they only showed one single prototype). Some were quite sarcastic and still called the WePad a publicity stunt. Most commentators where disappointed about the high price. Some said that it won’t be able to compete with the iPad with these prices. Androidpit.de said that the WePad has not a true Android OS, but Android apps can run on it. I will keep you posted what that really means and if there is a Android Market or not. Until now, I am not convinced yet…

Youtube video hands-’off’ the WePad (good video, showing case and that it’s only running a video)

Youtube video of two men looking at the WePad (that displays a video of the UI)

Picture gallery of the press conference on newgadgets.de

UPDATE I April 12, 2010: touchmemobile and ambientr report, that the OS was not shown live on the WePad. They only showed a video of the UI running on the WePad. Nobody has seen the real performance of this device yet.

UPDATE II April 12, 2010: Specifications of the screen, added specs sheet link

UPDATE III April 12, 2010: Added another video link

UPDATE IV April 12. 2010: The WePad prototype they have shown at the press conference ran an ordinary Windows! That was clearly visible in video sequences from Reuters. In the center of the screen a Windows error message popped up, which the most of us know well enough to identify. Here’s a screenshot of that sequence:

 

 

Screen shot from a Reuters video from german Yahoo site, see seconds 6 to 8. Another video from RTL2 shows the ugly error message at 0:30.

UPDATE V April 13, 2010: According to german tech blog netbooknews.de, the WePad is manufactured by taiwan-based company Pegatron Corp…

UPDATE VI April 13, 2010: Ok, this is the last update, but you got to see the reaction of Hoffer von Ankershoffen, when he realizes that there is that nasty little error message on the screen:

UPDATE VII April 14, 2010: Ok this is really the final update to this post. Neofonie published a video on April 14, 2010 where we can see the UI running on a tablet just two days after their press conference desaster you have seen above. And that video looks pretty convincing… see my post about it here:  WePad: Neofonie finally shows WeOS UI in action (video)