Japanese announce Mira alternatives
As Microsoft Windows tablets won´t appear in the market until November, and the marketing position of Mira wireless products is not clear, Japanese makers launched own initiative and announced several proprietary solutions for the consumer electronics market. Hitachi, Toshiba, and Sony announced several wireless tablets at the currently held CEATEC, though some of them have already been shown at earlier events.
Hitachi presented its 10.4-inch Flora-ie 55mi, based on 400 MHz Transmeta Crusoe-5400, 128MB RAM, and Mobile Linux. Flora supports Internet over modem, WLAN, or cellular.
Next one, 10.4-inch Toshiba BHT-1002A supports up to 800x600 and weighs 1.4 kg. BHT-1002A differs from Flora by Bluetooth support and can be used with future Bluetooth fridges, clothes washers, and microwave ovens. Internet is available over BTR-1002A access point.
As for Sony, it announced second-generation 12.1-inch Air Board, featuring monitor, dock, and base station. Air Board bases on IEEE 802.11b, and enables to watch TV and DVD, and (naturally, isn´t it) play some video games.
Source: The DigiTimes
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