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Sol Computers outs a Pixel Qi powered Windows tablet

Sol Computers announce two new 7inch tablets with Pixel Qi display and will be powered by Android and Windows platform

Two new 7inch tablet models are now added to the lineup of Sol Computers. One of these two devices will be running on Google’s Android platform while the other one will be on Microsoft’s Windows. Last year they had released a 10inch Windows Netbook and a 10inch Windows tablet with a Pixel Qi screen which are sunlight viewable displays.

The Pixel Qi screens are dual-mode LCD displays which provide full color screen when the backlight is on or high contrast displays with even the screen off. The plus point of this kind of screen is one can see the screen even when the backlight is off using ambient light.

According to Chris Swanner, founder Sol Computers, the tablets and Netbooks have been popular with pilots and other professionals that work outdoors and in bright environments, and where a Windows device that can run highly specialized applications is a must. 

The Windows tablets they already have in the market are powered by an Intel Atom processor and also sport a capacitive touchscreen. As the tablet sport the Pixel Qi screen it leads to increase in the price of the model and is priced at $1099

Swanner also adds that he is not making much profit at this level, as he is selling around 20 to 30 devices a month. He believes if the volume of the sales goes up then the price would conceivably go down. 

Both new 7inch tablets they have released are capable of providing a 1024 x 600 pixel Qi display. Although the prototype of the Android tablet is showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the hardware has not been finalized yet. Even the plastic case might be sturdier on the final unit. 

Sol doesn’t have a working prototype of the new Windows tablet but Cynovo, the Chinese company works with Sol to build its tablet had a similar model with normal LCD display. Although the price of the 7inch tablet has not yet been decided, it is expected to be at a price less than $1099, which is for their 10inch tablet. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-01-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)