Michael Arrington from TechCrunch yesterday showed up a prototype of his CrunchPad web tablet. Unlike other netbooks in the market, this tablet is capable of doing only one thing – surf the web. The specifications of the prototype include a 12-inch touchscreen display and is powered by a Via Nano processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB flash drive, Wi-Fi, accelerometer, webcam and a 4-cell battery.
The device ran a fully blown version of Ubuntu Linux and had a custom Webkit based browser. Overall, the total cost of the device was just over $200 and is expected to rise further with the inclusion of a better touchscreen panel.
The prototype is neatly done but one thing to look out for will be its price, provided if it ever reaches the market. I wouldn’t want to pick this up at the same price of a netbook which offers me more functionality than the CrunchPad.