C-Motech Mangrove: A 7-inch Windows Mobile tablet with Snapdragon CPU
Is the HTC HD2 is just too small for your needs? For those in the “bigger is better” camp, a Taiwanese company called C-motech might just have what you’re looking for! At last week’s Innovation Qualcomm event in London, C-motech was showing off their Mangrove tablet, a sleek MID running Windows Mobile 6.5 and powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other specs include a large 7″ resistive touch screen (non-multi-touch), WiFi, 3G, and WiMAX connectivity options, 1GB of RAM, and an SSD drive in either 8/16/32GB capacities. The Mangrove also includes a MicroSD slot, an audio in/out headset port and two USB 2.0 ports.
The device is a cross between a giant smartphone and a more traditional internet tablet (like the Archos 5 Android, for example) and like many other WinMo devices, a stylus is included to aid navigating the menus. Although there is no direct confirmation of it, some of the images of the interface indicate the Mangrove includes the necessary hardware to be used as a phone via a headset.
Though I quite like the design, hardware specs, and tablet form factor of the device, I’m slightly put off the choice of OS. I am also uncertain of the usability of the Mangrove as a phone. Having said that, the tablet is definitely unique and there has been talk of C-motech offering Android and other variations of Linux.
There are currently no details on availability and price, but please check out the hands-on video below.
[netbooknews.com via ubergizmo]