The world’s attention has been focused on Apple’s purportedly revolutionary iPad since its introduction a few months back. Apple, of course, managed to astound the world despite its lack of Flash support. However, there were plenty who complained about this lack of Flash, which got other tablet makers thinking how to exploit this complaint. And OpenPeak took this iPad weakness to its unfortunate logical extreme.
Behold: the OpenPeak OpenTablet 7. It is a Linux tablet running on the Intel Moorestown 1.9 GHz chip. For those of you who don’t remember, Moorestown is an Atom-derived CPU for mobile platforms like smartphones. What is more interesting, however, is the fact that the Linux base is all wrapped up under a Flash interface layer. Despite this, the UI is well polished and very responsive. The screen is a 7” 1024 x 600 LCD. There are some other interesting features like a 1080p front facing webcam, 5 MP rear camera, microSD slot, and HDMI out.
Still, to use a Flash interface is peculiar, as Flash isn’t exactly cherished for its performance abilities. Moreover, Flash is a dying technology. The Apple detractors do not claim that Flash will stay as a permanent application platform, they simply point out the lack of Flash allows Apple and software developers to remake free Flash sites into pricey apps. The OpenPeak tablet is targeted to very niche markets, namely home automation and video conferencing based on the press interviews. It will be paired up with AT&T and will probably be priced comparably to the iPad. Let’s see if it can stay alive long enough to be relevant.