OpenPeak's OpenTablet make a debut
last month, but it was quickly
forgotten in the wake of Apple's iPad
launching and a number of other
major competitors hitting the scene as well. There's no reminder like a
reminder that involves one of the major for U.S. cell operators,
though, and that's exactly what's being announced this week.
AT&T and OpenPeak have chosen to collaborate and add 3G WWAN
services to the ultra-sleek OpenTablet, a touch-screen tablet that will
be based on Intel's Moorestown platform. It will also have 802.11n/g/n
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and access to the OpenPeak Device
Management Services/OpenPeak App Shop. The company is included a lot of
extras here that aren't usually found on tablets; for example, device
management allows providers to remotely provision, monitor and update
the tablet over a broadband networ, while the OpenPeak App Shop brings
consumers and third-party developers together
to enable a wide range of multimedia and home management applications.
We are also learning more about the specifications: it will be powered
by an Intel Atom chipset and have a 7" multi-touch display, an HDMI
output, USB interface, MicroSD slot, and a case that measures
9"x5"x0.59". The whole tablet will weigh just 1.15lbs., though it's not
clear if AT&T will sell these directly. At any rate, we're still
waiting for a set price to be announced, but with integrated 3G (just
like the iPad), this one really feels like a strong contender.