I was away at the end of last week, so I didn't see that details on RM's upcoming slate PC had made their way onto the web. Called the RM Slate, it does exactly what you'd expect - a fully functioning PC running Windows, in the style of a pad/tablet/slate device.
You can read about the full details on Merlin John's website, but here's the key specifications:
- 11.6" multi-touch screen
- 1.66GHz Intel processor
- 32Gb flash drive and 2Gb RAM !--endfragment-->
- Front-facing 1.3 megapixel webcam
- WiFi & Bluetooth
- 2 x USB ports
- HDMI, SD & SIM ports
- And less than 1 KG
And, very importantly, it's going to sell at £399. Which seems like a great price for a fully specified PC - especially in these days when smaller and lighter seems to more more cost.
I've always been a fan of truly portable PCs, and owned one of the original RM Tablet PCs, which went round the world on a year-long family gap year trip seven years ago. It wasn't designed as a ruggedised PC, but it withstood 12 months of backpacking, with no special protection (and even survived twice when I dropped it in the street). In fact, it was my mainstay device until I destroyed it by cracking the screen under a chair leg (don't ask!).
And the new tablet that RM have produced is the first tablet device that I've really, really wanted since then. To me, it means that I can have the convenience of leisurely web-browsing sitting on the sofa, whilst having a full Windows PC when I'm out and about.
I've seen one from a distance, but I can't wait to get my hands on one and try it out in real life. Once I do, I'll plan to share more about it, and let you know how I've found it (and given that my eldest daughter is currently in love with her Dell laptop, it'll also be really interesting to see her reaction - whether things like TV output challenges her loyalty).