updated 05:25 pm EDT, Thu April 8, 2010
CTL plans multi-touch tablet for June
CTL launched a surprise entry into the tablet world on Thursday by showing a 2go Slate. Like HP's model, it shares some aesthetic similarities to the iPad and uses a customized version of the Windows 7 interface. The CTL version will actually be more advanced as it will use a modern, Pine Trail-era 1.66GHz Atom processor that should give it longer battery life and more performance.
Not all specs were provided in the early video, but a spokesman mentioned netbook-like specifications with a 1024x600 screen, 1GB or 2GB of RAM and a 2-megapixel camera. Expansion should also be more than usually found on a tablet with two USB ports, mini VGA output and Ethernet. A two-megapixel webcam should give it video chat, although there's no mention of the Broadcom video decoder and thus less likelihood of much HD video support.
Unlike HP, CTL plans a relatively quick turnaround from its first preview and expects to ship the 2go Slate in mid-June for $499. The company has typically catered to children and schools as a close partner with Intel on the Classmate PC line, but it's not immediately clear if the Slate will become Intel's official tablet.