Tycoon tablet now available, runs Windows 7 Professional
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First shown at Computex 2010, the Tycoon 10.1-inch tablet from Taiwanese electronics company FIC is distinguished by its extended volume at the bottom portion for housing front-facing speakers. The tablet was released last November in Taiwan, but has now made its way stateside for western customers.
The specifications of the Tycoon include a dual-core 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 802.11n, Bluetooth, and mini HDMI-out for 1080p playback. While only weighing just 0.85kg (1.87 pounds), it is still about half a pound heavier than the recently released iPad 2. Furthermore, Trendy Gadgets is reporting a disappointingly short battery life of around 3 hours under just basic computing tasks. The built-in 3800mAh battery pack may not be enough for some prospective buyers and it is unlikely that a larger optional battery will be made available.
Unlike many other tablet releases, the Tycoon comes with a 120GB HDD instead of a pricier solid-state drive. It also runs Windows 7 Professional, which is currently not as optimized for touchscreen use as opposed to Apple’s iOS or Google’s Honeycomb.
The FIC Tycoon is available now online for $695. For such a high price, it will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Motorola and Apple throughout the year.