Could 2010 be the Year of the Budget Tablet?

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It seems as though 2010 could end up being the year that we remember as the one where tablets hit in a big way, and with a nice, low cost of entry for those of us not quite convinced.

Offering things in multiple colours is a nice substitute for good looks 😉

Engadget is reporting that Freescale has announced that it’s to launch a 7-inch tablet, boasting a 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM and a touch-sensitive display with a resolution of 1024×600. Moreover, the whole thing sits on a drive that weighs in at somewhere between 4GB and 64GB, depending on just how much you’re wiling to splash out for it.

Perhaps more interesting than it’s specifications, impressive as they are, is the list of various bells and whistles it manages to include, while keeping the price low at roughly $200 (with no word yet on if and when we can expect to see a European release). Alongside everything else, the device has a MicroSD slot, for those who need more than the 64GB it’s offering, an optional 3G setup and Wireless-N support. There’s also a 3 megapixel camera and an accelerometer in there, just in case there was a risk of it not doing something…

If nothing else, we’ll be curious to see how much buzz Freescale manages to generate about its upcoming tablet, especially with the JooJoo (the hardware formerly known as Crunchpad) launch coming this year, and with many expecting Apple to announce a tablet of its own somewhere around January 26th. Certainly, these are interesting times for anyone who lamented the apparent death of the tablet three or four years ago, when Microsoft seemed to give up on the devices.

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