Freescale has unveiled an innovative smartbook design that aims to give users the liberty to use it as a touch-only tablet or with an additional dock, get a full-fledged QWERTY keyboard. Freescale says the design is intended for second generation smartbooks with price of or less than $200.
Internally, the smartbook will make use of Freescale’s i.MX515 processor based on ARM Cortex A-8 and feature a 7-inch screen (1024×600), 512MB DDR2 RAM, up to 64GB internal storage with microSD card slot, various connectivity options like 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3MP camera and 1900mAh battery claiming to give an all-day battery life.
Freescale’s smartbook reference design will be available for evaluation from February 2010 but we’re hoping it will be shown at CES that begins from this week.
Reference Specs & Features:
Size: small/thin form factor (200mm x 128mm x 14.9cm and weighing 376 grams); no need for fan or heat sink
Processor: Freescale i.MX515 applications processor provides high performance and low power ARM Cortex-A8 core, OpenVG & OpenGL/ES graphics cores, HD video decoder hardware
Power management IC: Battery charging system for both USB and wall charging, Output buck converters for the processor core and memory, Boost converters for LCD backlighting, Serial backlight drivers for displays and keypad, plus RGB LED drivers
Display: 7-inch (1024 x 600) touch screen
Memory: 512 MB DDR2
Storage: 4-64 GB internal storage; removable micro SD
Connectivity: 3G modem (option) 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, RF4CE (option)
Ports: USB 2.0 and USB mini (also for charging), audio in/audio out, SIM card
Audio: speaker, microphone
Camera: 3 Mpixel (video recording up to VGA @ 30fps)
Battery: 1900mAh, USB charging
Sensors: MMA8450Q 3-axis accelerometer and an ambient light sensor