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The Gateway CX210 tablet sighted at the FCC
Gateway gets ready to ship its first Core Duo tablet

Quanta's FCC filing for the TA1 tablet was just published.  Not familiar with Quanta?  Quanta Computers is one of the primary manufacturers for Gateway Computers.  The TA1 tablet is the manufacture name for the Gateway CX210S, CX210X and M285-E SB (the business model of the CX210X with a Core Solo CPU) convertable notebooks.

The TA1 family has a 14" touch screen LCD with a 1280 x 768 resolution.  The base model includes a 1.66GHz Core Duo T2300 processor with 1GB DDR2 and 60GB SATA hard drive.  The TA1 also comes with an 8X dual layer DVD recorder, Bluetooth, card reader, three USB 2.0 interfaces and a single 1394 Firewire input.  As with other Centrino platforms, the TA1 also features Gigabit Ethernet but opts for Broadcom 802.11a/b/g WiFi.  Graphics are provided by Intel's GMA950 accelerator, but it looks like Gateway can also upgrade the notebook to a Radeon X1400 adaptor. 

The display panel on the TA1 is hinged, meaning it can be rotated so the display works in tablet or laptop mode.  The touch sensitive screen comes with a stylus that allows for fine control.  There's no word yet on the DPI of the screen, though it does not look like Gateway (Quanta) has changed from the same 14" display found in the CX200 series tablets.  The notebook weighs just over 6lbs with the standard eight cell battery and about 7.5lbs with the high-capacity 12-cell battery. 

Gateway's online store expects the notebooks to ship June 2, 2006.  The low end CX210S will ship for $1000, the CX210X will ship for $1400 and the business M285-E SB will ship for $1,173.

ASUS just also got its FCC publication for the RF1 convertable tablet, with a similar design.  No price or ship date of the RF1 has been set.

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By Quasmo on 5/29/2006 4:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
I've been waiting for a tablet with non integrated graphics. THEY DONT EXIST! Less a P-III config.

By PrinceGaz on 5/29/2006 7:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
A GMA950 isn't as bad as some people think. It'll run AeroGlass in Vista so you'll be able to get the most out of that if you choose to migrate to it early on. It's also got enough horsepower to rival a Radeon 9600SE, or a GeForce 5200 in games (provided it is paired with a sufficiently powerful CPU to deal with the T&L and vertex-shaders as they are done in software). Obviously you won't be playing Oblivion on it, but it would make easy work of Quake 3 or Half Life.

Lower your expectations a bit and integrated-graphics tablets will do everything you need (they aren't intended for gaming and 3D rendering, even if they have a detachable keyboard).

In short, Intel integrated-graphics are more than adequate for tablet machines- you don't see fancy 3D effects on the tablet computers in Star Trek which is a clear indicator that a normal 2D display with basic acceleration (Vista style) borrowed from 3D features is all that will ever be needed.

By jkresh on 5/29/2006 9:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe so, but I think there is a market for a 14-15 inch widescreen high resolution (wuxga+ would be great) 6 pound convertible tablet with core duo and discreet graphics card (obviously not a 7900gtx because of heat/power requirements but something somewhat reasonable). For the non convertible ones then discrete graphics is less of an issue but a 5-6 pound convertible could definitely fit discrete graphics and a high resolution screen and would probably sell fairly well (might make a great machine for college students among others).

By Crescent13 on 5/29/2006 9:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
FYI, I have a Gateway Tablet PC with a radeon x600 and P-M 1.73Ghz. It's about a year old.

By Crescent13 on 5/29/2006 9:38:10 PM , Rating: 2
sorry, this is why we need an edit feature. What I meant to say was, they do make tablet PC's with better than integrated graphics right now.

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