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CrunchPad Tablet renders show new 18mm aluminum design

CrunchPad Tablet renders show new 18mm aluminum design

New renders of what's said to be the final design for Michael Arrington's CrunchPad internet and media tablet have been released, and its taken a big step forward from the last devices we saw.  Now crafted from aluminum, not plastic, so as to cut thickness down to 18mm, the CrunchPad still has a 12-inch touchscreen, WiFi internet access and a media player app.

Video CrunchPad demo after the cut

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Crunchpad Tablet pictures leaked

Crunchpad Tablet pictures leaked

Wired managed to save some photos of a new tablet that Web 2.0 personality Michael Arrington is producing. These photos were leaked and were up for a short period of time before they were taken down, one assumes, at the request of Mr. Arrington. The Crunchpad is a low-cost device that features a large touchscreen display, and low-end components that run a specially designed version of Linux. Crunchpads would compete directly with netbooks, offering consumers a keyboard-less option for accessing the internet on the go and for running software like Skype.

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CrunchPad $200 Web Tablet gets second prototype [Video]

CrunchPad $200 Web Tablet gets second prototype [Video]

It's been a long time since we last heard about TechCrunch's $200 Web Tablet project - July 2008, in fact - but the team has not been sitting idle.  They've now got a prototype put together, complete with a 12-inch 4:3 aspect touchscreen, VIA Nano processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory.  It also has WiFi, a camera, an accelerometer for screen orientation changes and a four-cell battery, and came in at just over $200.  They're now trying to decide whether to spin off the project as a real company, making real products, or not.

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Orange Tabbee web-tablet gets video hands-on

Orange Tabbee web-tablet gets video hands-on

While all eyes may be on the JooJoo/CrunchPad (and most editorial concentrating on skewering the home web-tablet segment) it's easy to forget that there are other devices out there, already on sale and offering just about everything the contentious slate promises.  One such example is the Orange Tabbee, announced back in April and on sale in France since June for €249 ($362).  Charbax caught up with the 7-inch tablet at LeWeb and shot some hands-on video.

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CrunchPad demo on Monday as Fusion Garage CEO tells “his side of the story”

CrunchPad demo on Monday as Fusion Garage CEO tells “his side of the story”

A week after Michael Arrington consigned the CrunchPad webslate to the deadpool, his now-estranged partner in the venture - Fusion Garage's Chandrasekar "Chandra" Rathakrishnan - will hold a video webcast in which he promises "to share his side of the story" according to the company's PR agency, as well as briefly demonstrate the device itself.  Rathakrishnan will then go on to show the CrunchPad in various closed-door demo sessions, despite Arrington's assertions that the tablet will now not see the light of day.

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CrunchPad “steamrolling” toward launch, may include “sponsorship” says Arrington

CrunchPad “steamrolling” toward launch, may include “sponsorship” says Arrington

Following speculation earlier this month that the CrunchPad web-surfing tablet had been held up - or potentially canned - after mounting production costs, project head Mike Arrington has reconfirmed that the slate is on course for release.  Speaking as part of the Gillmor Gang videocast (which you can see after the cut), Arrington said that "CrunchPad is steamrolling" and that "costs keep coming down"; however, he also said that the "something between three and four hundred dollars" price tag would be supported by "soft revenue" from "sponsorships".

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Dell and Intel subscription-based tablet coming 2010 to conquer Kindle?

Dell and Intel subscription-based tablet coming 2010 to conquer Kindle?

Dell are tipped to be working with Intel on a 5-inch touchscreen tablet, which will be provided free of charge to users who sign up to one or more digital content subscriptions.  The unnamed device, expected to hit the market in around six months time, will be positioned as a direct competitor to Amazon's Kindle ebook reader, and offer would-be users turned off by that device's high initial purchase price an alternative way of accessing regular digital content.

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CrunchPad to arrive November, priced around $399

CrunchPad to arrive November, priced around $399

Details of the CrunchPad tablet's shipping timetable have emerged, courtesy of developers Fusion Garage.  According to Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times, the Techcrunch-led project intends to have the CrunchPad on the market by November, in time for the Christmas holidays, with the 12-inch touchscreen device having a 1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB of RAM, integrated WiFi and 3G and pricing expected to be in the range of $399.

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