JooJoo Tablet Packing A First-Gen ION Under The Hood
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So the JooJoo, still proof that tablet makers need to think of better names, hit the FCC today, and we finally learned what exactly it is packing. And if I dare say so – as a guy who has had little faith in the whole CrunchPad endeavor – it isn’t half bad, if a bit dated. It carries an Intel Atom 270 with a first-generation Nvidia ION, explaining its 1080p and HD Flash playback. 3G support will be coming later this year, but details are still a little sketchy.
The news of an Nvidia ION means performance will likely not be an issue for an internet tablet, but battery life could easily be a problem. This does after all have a massive 12.1” touchscreen with a fairly inefficient processor. Still, things have become interesting for a tablet that I had mostly written off as non-extraordinary and the $499 price-tag seems somewhat justified now.
Two more things: yes, that is indeed the JooJoo running Windows Vista in a test device, and the video format support list is very impressive compared to many other tablets. It includes AVI, MPEG-4, MOV, WMV and WMA, FLV (Flash Video), VOB, OGG, OGM and OGV, MKV (Mastroska), DiVX and XViD. We’ll see how well it actually fares once it starts shipping in a few weeks.