eviGroup SmartPaddle puts Windows 7 in a 14.6mm slate

Oct 11, 2011

Android and iOS may get the lion's share of tablet attention, but French slate specialists eviGroup is sticking with Windows for its new SmartPaddle model. The 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 tablet has a capacitive touchscreen and runs Windows 7 - with eviGroup's own Seline AI voice control system - on a 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD.

Connectivity includes micro HDMI, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, three USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, and a SIM slot for optional 3G. There's a scroll wheel for quickly navigating long documents or webpages, a microphone, stereo speakers, an accelerometer, 1.3-megapixel webcam and a battery good, eviGroup reckons, for up to 5hrs of use. The whole thing is 14.6mm thick.

That may pale in comparison to what Honeycomb slates or the iPad 2 can deliver, but the upside is that with the SmartPaddle you're getting a full Windows PC that can run all your regular Office and enterprise apps. Not so much of a draw for every home user, perhaps, but businesses - and those expecting their slate to do both work and play - could certainly be interested.

The eviGroup SmartPaddle will go on sale from €551 ($752). Its existing, bigger sibling, with a 12-inch touchscreen, will remain on sale as the SmartPaddle Pro. No word on what happens when Windows 8 arrives, but we're guessing the SmartPaddle will play nicely with Microsoft's tablet-tailored update too.

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