CrunchPad Netbook Rumors Piss Michael Arrington Off

The CrunchPad prototype has been a running project over at TechCrunch since April, but since that time we’ve seen fairly sparse news about the thing. It’s small, sexy, and apparently usable, and the whole thing’s made all the more interesting because it’s designed by a blog, not some computers giant.

It hardly needs to be said that once the Straits Times proclaimed the CrunchPad to be the “world’s first tablet PC” with an exclusive demo by alleged developer Fusion Garage, industry eyes were drawn. Here’s an exerpt from their article:

“The fully working model, called a Crunchpad, has a 12-inch screen and weighs 1.2kg. It allows users to watch videos, listen to music and edit documents, among other things. Its operating system, or OS, was also developed in-house. The device will not have storage space – which some analysts have pegged as a big drawback – and will instead run programs hosted on servers: so-called cloud computing.”

Naturally, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has confirmed nothing in the article thus far. He was also apparently pretty F-ing pissed about the whole thing as well:

“re crunchpad, obviously i’m completely ripshit mad about all this unauthorized bs press: wtf.”

The machine should pack an Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and some sort of mobile broadband – it’s a netbook sans keyboard and hard drive.

Rumors price the device at $400, though Michael Arrington hoped to make it cheaper. Stay tuned as this story develops.

Via CNet.

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