Thought the Boxee Box
was the only turncoat at IDF 2010? You thought wrong -- OpenPeak's Moorestown-based tablet
has dropped Linux (and Flash) cold turkey for a nice big helping of Android. The unit in front of you runs Android 2.1, but reps told us it'll have Froyo
by launch, which just so happens to be currently slated for the first quarter of next year. OpenPeak says AT&T made the decision to move to Google's OS, and will shape the final hardware too, as the tablet manufacturer repeatedly reminded us it builds devices to its clients' specification. As you can see, that hardware has already changed slightly since the last time we saw it run, with not only buttons that reflect its changed allegiance
but also a ZigBee
radio inside. The 7-inch capacitive touch screen, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and 5 megapixel camera remain intact, though we couldn't confirm the Moorestown chip is still clocked at 1.9GHz. That said, stock Android UI interactions were about as fast and responsive as we've seen. There's no Android Market or Google Apps on the device quite yet, though the company's still promising a custom UI layer as far as software goes -- presently it's testing a multi-user profile system that changes the available apps and background wallpaper when a user enters their pin. We've still no official word on price, though a rep guessed it might arrive at between $300 and $400, and subsidized on contract. It's an interesting time to bring an Android tablet to market, and this is one to watch.
OpenPeak OpenTablet 7 with Android, hands-on