Freescale unveils new $200 tablet reference design with Android and Linux under the hood
In advance of CES, Freescale has unveiled a new tablet reference design for smartbooks that is aimed at helping OEMs get a tablet into the market quickly. The design features a 7-inch (1024×700) touchscreen display, Linux or Android OS with instant on functionality, Freescale’s own Arm Cortex-A8-based processor, a 3 megapixel camera (video recording up to VGA @ 30fps), 512 MB DDR2 memory, 4-64 GB of internal storage, micro SD expansion, GPS, USB 2.0 and mini USB port (for charging), a 1900mAh battery, and always on connectivity through 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and an optional 3G modem. The tablet will support an optional docking keyboard and will feature a widget-based UI that provides the end user with a web browser, an email client, social networking integration, a PDF reader, and more. End products based upon this reference design could debut as early as summer 2010 with prices starting as low as $200! Seeing is believing and Freescale will demo both a Linux and an Android-based tablet this week at CES 2010. Hit the jump for a press photo of the tablets in a rainbow of colors.