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Pegatron MasterPad aims to be the mother of all Windows 7 slates

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Hmm… I may have been hasty in questioning the vapor status of the ExoPC. While the availability of that particular device remains vague, its basic hardware appears to be that of Pegatron’s MasterPad, a prototype from the OEM arm of ASUS.

The MasterPad hardware is nearly identical to what is reported on the ExoPC Slate, including 11.6″ 1366 x 768 display (except reported as offering IPS for wide-angle viewing), Intel Atom N450, 2GB memory, option of 32GB or 64GB SSD, two USB 2.0 ports, Mini-HDMI, 1.3 MP webcam, accelerometer, light sensor, 5-hour battery, and more. Seems clear Pegatron will be supplying the hardware for the ExoPC Slate and presumably other rebranded slates running Windows 7, not to mention the name indicates it’s a “master” copy for the rebrands to follow. Once the MasterPad moves into production, expected in “the coming months”, we’ll likely see a whole lot of 11.6″ touchscreen slates from various parties pop up.

From Israeli site ynet.co.il via Engadget

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

5 Comments

  1. John

    08/02/2010 at 12:20 pm

    Read the ExoPC forums and you will see that the device is not vaporware. They announced on the forums that they were in discussions to have other companies rebrand and market the ExoPC in various markets globally.

    http://www.exopc.com/forum/

    • Sumocat

      08/02/2010 at 12:59 pm

      Hmm… I see a discussion gauging interest in a pre-order. That doesn’t assuage my concerns. I should point out, however, I have seen projects as or more promising fall apart without such a long delay between announcement and release. That said, I suppose I should be more lenient this year given how the iPad has forced everyone to re-strategize (and renewed interest in tablets). I’ll try to be more optimistic going forward.

      • Cacinok

        08/02/2010 at 1:31 pm

        Can’t help but think Sumo’s last sentence is dripping w/ the sweet nectar of sarcasm.

        If even half of the advertised tablets are released, we should have a great selection this time next year. I have a little bit of hope, but not much that will happen.

        • Sumocat

          08/02/2010 at 1:44 pm

          Well, even if I’m not, it is true that I should try be more optimistic going forward. I’ll leave it at that.

  2. GJW

    01/27/2011 at 11:58 pm

    The real issue around the Pegatron slates is the vaporware of what these ‘startup ‘ companies are about . People see a market , target it and think that they can compete with the big boys.

    I have purchased 2 EXOPC’s in December . I think it is a great machine. BUT ! The service is really really lack. The forum is run by moderators who don’t work for EXO but are simply just a a bunch of fanboys. Exopc has described itself as a software company . And give that it is the EXOlayer is not even in version 1.0 . But they continue to market this slate around the place showing off it’s ‘alpha’ tested layer. All in all it is just a Pegatron slate purchased from the OEM ASUS arm. The number of times that this thing has got delayed give me the impression of incompetence. Plus this incompetence is demonstrated by the Non -existent version 1 of the 1.0 . There was a touch screen issue in Nov/Dec…which they poured all of their resources into … My advice to anybody considering to purchase from this company or others like it are – DON’T

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