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PengPod Android/Linux tablet ships in January 2013

New company Peacock Imports secures funding to release their interesting and competitively priced PengPod tablet.

PengPod is the name of a new series of tablets that have been devised and are being produced by a company called Peacock Imports. The devices were originally advertised on the crowd-funding website with the developers looking for $49,000 in investment funds. Their main selling point for the tablets is the fact the makers have designed them with the ability to operate both Android and Linux, with Android 4.0 running from internal memory and Linux coming from a bootable SD Card. The creators of the tablets managed to secure nearly $73,000 in funding.

Features of the PengPod 700 (the name is clearly inspired by Linux's mascot, Tux the penguin) include a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (there is also a 10-inch touchscreen version), a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 ARM Core processor, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, a front facing camera and a screen protector.

Peacock Imports have scheduled a North American release date for January 2013 and will ship outside the USA as long as the buyer pays the additional shipping costs. As for the initial price of the device, the 7-inch version will retail at $120 with an extra $8 payable for the SD card containing Linux for dual booting. For $185 you can have the 10-inch device.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2012-12- 8 (Update: 2012-12- 8)