updated 08:15 am EST, Wed December 22, 2010
IN Media intros Windows 7 Tablet PC with iPad look
TV set-top box maker IN Media today dipped into tablets by launching its plainly titled Windows 7 Tablet PC. The computer is consciously designed to resemble an iPad with elements of the iPhone, including an Apple-style home button that has no apparent purpose, but has typical netbook specs inside. A 1.66GHz Atom, a 160GB hard drive and a front webcam are joined by HDMI, an SD slot and USB for expansion.
A demo video of the tablet, however, appears to highlight many of the problems of most current Windows 7 tablets. The promo clip touts the ability to "browse your email anywhere" but shows that the tablet is using the stock onscreen keyboard and thus makes it impossible either to thumb type or to replicate a notebook's typing speed. It further refers to having multi-touch "just like any tablet" and primarily pushes standard Windows features such as support for Flash, PowerPoint and Skype.
The software is given an implied advantage over the current iPad, but the clip hasn't shown Flash video performance or given an estimate for battery life.
The tablet is due to arrive in early 2011 in both the US and Asia and will make price its main selling point at $399, only slightly above regular netbooks.