September 26, 2005 – Tatung Science and Technology, today unveiled two new models of tablet PC, TTAB-A12D and TTAB-910E. The new advanced 12.1″ TTAB-A12D can be configured with an 1.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® M processor LV 768 with 2MB L2 cache or Intel 1GHz Celeron M processor, and the entry level 10.4″ TTAB-910E can be configured with an Intel Celeron M processor LV 733 MHz with 512K L2 cache. The ultra light and ultra slim TTAB-A12D is about the size of a book, keeping the system manageable and easy to carry for a variety of remote or mobile computing applications. It can be operated either by using a stylus for handwriting, sketching or mark-up, or with an optional keyboard or docking station.
The full feature list (they didn’t skimp on the details) and pictures for the TTAB-A12D are here, but the interesting part is:
Ultra Thin and Ultra Lightweight
The TTAB-A12D weights only 3.08lbs (1.4Kg) and its dimensions are 9.13″x11.92″x0.73″; 232mm (W) x 303mm (H) x 18.6mm. The system includes a Lithium Ion (5400mAh @7.4V) battery pack with up to 4hr battery life (depending on configuration and applications) with a 6-cell battery pack; support for S3 hot swap features and an AC adapter 12V DC power supply. Standard accessories include an AC adapter, power cord, stylus pen, pen tether, quick start guide, Window XP tablet PC edition and utility CD, a 6-cell battery pack and a detachable keyboard stand. Optional accessories include a 10-cell extended battery pack that holds power for up to six hours, an external battery charger, slim USB keyboard, RF mouse, docking station, slipcover, and carrying bag.
My favorite laptop form factor is still a pen and a pad of paper, but it may be time to change my mind.