Maestro S Windows/MeeGo/Android tablet shown off on video

The Maestro S tablet is a peculiar creation both in terms of hardware and software. It triple boots Windows 7, MeeGo or Android (unknown version), which is made possible with netbook-like hardware. A 1.5Ghz Atom Z670CPU is the brain, supported by 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD and a 10.1″ capacitive touchscreen. A 3G model which also has aGPS will also be offered. Battery life is quite impressive (on paper) at 10 hours for windows and 16 hours for Android, which sounds too good to be true for a Windows tablet even if it weighs 910 grams. It seems a bit sluggish in the above video, but that’s Windows for you- or possibly the custom UI that added to parts of Windows.

Aside from all of this, the Maestro S also has a wireless keyboard/touchpad accessory that attaches magnetically to the front of the tablet to act as a case when not in use. In true Smart Cover style this also puts the tablet to sleep. The left side of the tablet can also be flipped out to serve as a kickstand, exposing many of the tablet’s ports- which include USB and mini-HDMI.

For a Windows tablet it seems quite interesting, but the question is how useful it actually is if it’s as slow as it looks. With the EEE Pad Transformer out, costing a bit more than half of the $730+ Maestro S, Android with remote desktop software might actually be a more powerful solution that trying to fit Windows inside a tablet.

[Netbooknews]

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.