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EviGroup rolls out the PadPro tablet with an optional Pixel Qi display

The slate presumably comes with a 1.6GHz processor and a stylus for writing/drawing

The French PC and tablet maker EviGroup is now offering a new Windows 7-based slate, dubbed PadPro to customers in Europe. The device is supposedly aimed at artists and users who enjoy writing or drawing on tablets. The outfit also claims that the PadPro can be purchased with an optional Pixel Qi display for reading books in direct sunlight.

In case you’ve never heard of Pixel Qi before, it is a company co-founded by “LCD pioneer” and former OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) CTO Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen in 2008. Reportedly, the panels offered by this manufacturer are sunlight-readable and extremely energy-efficient. Under normal circumstances, the Pixel Qi screen functions as a regular LCD, but if it is too sunny, it could be utilized with the backlight switched off (looks like an e-reader display).

Measuring 22mm (0.87-inch) and weighing 990grams (2.18lbs), the new PadPro is driven by an unspecified Intel Atom central processing unit with a core frequency of 1.6GHz. In addition, it sports the above mentioned pressure-sensitive 10.2-inch transflective Pixel Qi display that has a native resolution of 1024-by-600 pixels (WSVGA).

Customers can stay in touch with friends and family by utilizing the built-in Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n adapter and 1.3MP front-facing web camera. Furthermore, the slate device packs 1GB of DDR2 operating memory and a 160GB rotating HDD.

Other features of EviGroup’s PadPro tablet include three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA out, a 3000mAh removable battery and an electromagnetic stylus for enhanced accuracy. The battery reportedly has an autonomy period of up to 3 hours (with a standard LCD screen) or up to 5 hours if you get the Pixel Qi-based version. The latter is priced at 599 (about $800).


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)