The Japanese aren’t letting themselves be left out of the current fad for tablet computers. Japan-based Redstar announced the commercial release of their Linux-based Tablet PC named Shogo for the Japanese market. Buyers will be able to own this unique tablet for 56,800 Yen or around US$665. Pretty pricey but remember that this Redstar Shogo Tablet PC price is for wealthy Japanese customers, primarily. Our review team agreed this is not for the masses but… expect a cheaper price when they start shipping worldwide.
The Redstar Shogo is a beast of a computer. It is powered by Freescale’s multimedia powerhorse i.MX37 processor. Based on the ARM1176JZF-S core, this multimedia CPU uses an L2 cache and features a multi-format hardware video decoder that is intended to reduce power consumption in multimedia applications. This processor helps the Shogo Tablet PC run a full-featured desktop OS like Windows or Linux. Apple’s iPad is running a stripped down operating system so this Redstar tablet should be a better buy!
Aside from the powerful processor, the Shogo will have 256MB RAM and will wield a 10.1-inch (1024×768) capacitive multi-touch screen. The display on this tablet will rival that of the iPad in terms of resolution and sensitivity. Feature-wise, the Shogo is at par with the iPad. This tablet will support Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.0 and accelerometer. I am also happy to share with you that the Shogo has 3 USB 2.0 ports, webcam, Ethernet, microphone and an SDHC expansion slot. These geek-candy items compensates for the small 4GB NAND flash storage!
If you are in Japan, you may now pre-order the Shogo. This tablet PC is going to rock Linux geekheads. I’m sure some enterprising Japanese will start selling lots of this very desirable gadget on eBay long before Redstar starts shipping them worldwide! Still, unconvinced? This Japan-made tablet’s got a unique kickstand built-in!