Crunchpad Specs are Revealed

Written on July 31, 2009 – 8:31 am | by james |

Crunchpad Specs are out

  • Dimensions: 12.8 by 7.8 by 0.7 inches (approx)
  • Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB memory
  • Open-source Webkit browser/operating system (courtesy of Fusion Garage)
  • One USB port
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G, mobile broadband

If you haven’t heard of the Crunchpad, it’s the brainchild of Michael Arrington and his team over at TechCrunh. Originally designed to be an ultra lightweight tablet, the Crunchpad does away with traditional disk based storage in favour of saving your files to the ‘cloud’ via a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. The lightweight tag seems to have gone out of the window with reported being around 2.6 lbs (about 1.8Kg) which makes it slightly heavier than Asus’s stunning offering, the Eee PC 1005 HA. Another aspect that made our eyes water is the price; around $399. Now, that is not a high price tag for a mobile device but there are many more options out there that are far cheaper and they have built in storage (personally, I’m not ready to throw caution to the wind and let someone else hold, and potentially view, all my data).

A number of analysts have questioned the inclusion of 3G support in the Crunchpad. Sure, it’s adds to the price and most users have Wi-Fi at home but this feature allows it to be used almost anywhere. A big thumbs up in my eyes.

A major stumbling block for Arrington and co. comes in the form of Apple. Rumours abound that they will be releasing some form of ultra mobile device in the near future (possibley a beefed up, and enlarged, version of of the iPod Touch). Would this stall the adoption of the Crunchpad? Almost definitely. Apple is the current darling of the computing generation and buyers seem to hanging on the word of every new release from Apple. Rumours about Apples entry into the netbook market don’t go unnoticed, or unheeded. Whilst I’m by no means an Apple ‘fanboy’, given the choice, I know which option I’d take.

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