Hanbit Electronics and Pepper Computer will ship a third generation Linux-powered webpad “on or before September 30th,” Pepper confirmed Aug. 31. Compared to its predecessors, the Pepper Pad 3 boasts speedier web browsing, faster and more comprehensive multimedia support, smaller size, reduced weight, and numerous hardware… enhancements, according to the company.
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In addition to moving to an x86-compatible AMD Geode processor, the Pepper Pad 3 has a smaller display (while retaining the same 800 x 480 WVGA resolution), “improved” (ACPI v3) power management, faster WiFi (802.11b/g), a pair of USB 2.0 ports (vs. one USB 1.1), among other hardware tweaks. In addition to these changes, it adds a built-in CMOS VGA-resolution camera, but drops the SD/MMC card slot of the prior model.
For a comprehensive description of the new Linux tablet, be sure to read our previously published Pepper Pad 3 device profile.
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We wondered how the Pepper Pad 3 would compare to the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet on the one hand, and to a typical ultra mobile PC (UMPC) like the Samsung Q1, on the other. Although the Q1 is a Windows XP Tablet Edition device, Linux could likely be ported to any PC-compatible UMPC due to the general level of PC compatibility that UMPCs offer, so they begged to be included in our comparison matrix.
To put these three webpads in perspective, we constructed the following table (with a bit of assistance from Pepper). It shows that each clearly occupies a unique niche within the overall compact web-tablet spectrum.
|Nokia 770||Pepper Pad 3||Samsung Q1|
|Standard OS||Linux||Linux||Windows XP Tablet Edition|
|Processor||220MHz dual-core TI OMAP1710||500MHz Geode [email protected]||900MHz Celeron M ULV|
|DRAM memory||64MB, with paging to Flash||256MB||512MB, upgradeable to 1MB|
|Storage||128MB internal Flash, expandable via RS-MMC||20GB HDD||40GB or 60GB HDD|
|Built-in applications||Web, IM, email, Internet radio, world clock, notes, sketch, games, user-downloaded applications||Web, IM, email, IR remote control, games, journal; digital libraries (music, videos, photos, eBooks)||Web, email, music, videos, photos, notepad, games, numerous Windows XP applications|
|Video Out||No||Composite TV video||CRT VGA|
|Navigation method||Directional pad, touchscreen||Scroll wheel, directional pad, touchscreen||Joystick, touchscreen|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Bluetooth (1.2), 1 x USB 2.0||WiFi, Bluetooth (2.0+EDR), UPnP, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet via USB (option), 2 x IR out, IR in||WiFi, Bluetooth (2.0+EDR), UPnP, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet jack, CF slot|
|Text entry||Onscreen keyboard||Full QWERTY keypads||Onscreen keyboard|
|Speakers||1||2 stereo speakers||2 stereo speakers|
|Screen size||4-inch WVGA (800×480)||7-inch WVGA||7-inch WVGA|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 3.1 x 0.7||11.4 x 5.9 x 0.9 in.||9.0 x 5.5 x 1.0 in.|
|Weight||0.5 lbs||2.2 lbs||1.7 lbs|
The Pepper Pad 3 will be priced at around $700 retail, Pepper says. Additionally, existing Pepper Pad owners are currently being offered special pricing and the opportunity to pre-order the new Pepper Pad 3 for $500, according to the company.
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