German company Neofonie rocked the Android tablet world with their announcement of the WePad, a 11,6 inch tablet computer running Android powered by an Intel Atom N450 1,66 Ghz. Price and release date are unknown until now.
First, let’s see some impressions Neofonie released:
The size of this tablet is impressive and here are the specifications of the Neofonie WePad:
|Processor(s)||Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M 1,66 Ghz|
|Screen||11,6-Inch / 1366×768|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB NAND Flash|
|A/V Input||Webcam (1,3MP), built-in Microphone|
|A/V Output||Stereo Speakers|
|Network||WLAN (n) / Bluetooth 2.1 / optional 3G|
|Connectors||2 x USB|
|Sensors||Ambient Light Sensor / Motion Sensor|
|Extras||Cardreader / SIM-Slot/ Multi-Pin Connector / optional GPS|
Now that looks like a decent hardware packed into a Magnesium-Aluminium case. According to Neofonie, the tablet will support Flash, Adobe AIR and all open eBook formats. The battery should last 6 hours, which could be more for my taste. Neofonie wants to provide a “WePad App Store” besides the usual Google Android marketplace. Also, they seek to bind it on their own search engine “WeFind”, they will include a “WeMagazine Reader” and aim at cooperations with publishers. I am curious if that company I never heard of, will be able to realize this ambitious project that is not only a device, but also services tied closely to their customers. For me it looks a bit like the Apple business model ported to Android.