TechCrunch started a big buzz with their call for a $200 web tablet that they started as a real project to get built. Things quickly got awfully quiet for a while and speculation grew that it was just another hopeful idea that wouldn’t see the light of day. Today Michael Arrington laid that speculation to rest with an update and photo of the first prototype of the as-yet unnamed tablet (I suggest the Cloud). He is still insistent that it can be built (or sold) for $200 and there are a few more details describing where this tablet is headed. They are looking at a 10 – 12 inch screen (prototype has a 12) and no OS at all. They are shooting for the tablet to only run a browser making it a true cloud computer and thus my suggested name. They rightly are planning for a minimum horizontal resolution of 1024 but hopefully they can use a higher resolution for such a large screen. With a browser only device it sure better be uber-thin and extremely light which I think is going to be very important for a web-only tablet. I hope they plan to make the screen rotate to portrait orientation as my experience with handheld computers this large finds that to be the most comfortable way to use one.
Thanks to Dave Zatz for the tip.