updated 07:10 pm EDT, Wed June 3, 2009
Updated CrunchPad concept
TechCrunch has refined the design of its CrunchPad concept tablet, with a launch prototype that adds an aluminum housing and a flush display. The device has developed an appearance that resembles a large iPod touch, with slightly rounded corners and a glossy black bezel surrounding the touchscreen. Stepping away from a plastic case allowed the thickness to be trimmed down to 18mm, while also increasing rigidity.
Fusion Garage has also been working on the project, contributing to software development. The device runs on a Linux operating system that works with a Webkit-based browser, with features primarily focused on complex web browsing. Apple is rumored to be working on a similar tablet, although the reports remain unconfirmed.
The company last month switched from a VIA processor to Intel's Atom components, while widening the screen from 10 inches to a larger 12-inch capacitive touchscreen. The earlier prototype offered 4GB of storage, a camera for photos and video, and a USB port for peripherals.
TC initially claimed the CrunchPad should ship for less than $300. The development team is still in talks with partners to bring the device to market, however, and a specific price has yet to be disclosed. Additional details will be made public at a special press event to be held in July.