Apr 16 AT 11:53 AM Sean Riley 5 Comments

The WePad gets a hands-on demo on video

There's no "i" in WePad

The WePad seemed to spring up out of nowhere a few weeks ago and although the initial renders looked nice there hasn’t been any actual hands-on video of the device going through its paces until now.

Unfortunately the touchscreen is apparently one of the pieces of the puzzle that hasn’t been placed yet so the demo on the WePad hardware is done using a mouse plugged in via USB (the second device you see in the video is a different slate running the software so don’t infer too much from that.) Obviously the touch experience is critical so it is a bit of a downer that they don’t have it worked out yet; however, the fact that you have not just one, but two USB ports to circumvent that problem is a win.

Specs wise the WePad is very much a slate netbook as it runs on a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, a 1.3 MP webcam, an SD card reader, bluetooth, and the aforementioned USB ports. There are two models; one includes 16GB storage and WiFi and the other 32GB storage, WiFi, GPS, and 3G. The screen is definitely a highlight at 11.6″ and 1366×768 resolution it could certainly serve up a very nice browsing and multimedia experience.

The current pricing on a straight Euros to U.S. dollars conversion is $608 for the 16GB wifi version and $770 for the 32GB wifi, GPS, and 3G version.

Neofonie, the company behind the WePad, views it foremost as a news consumption device, but it offers a fully featured OS with a browser with full flash support and they intend to get approval for the Android Market as well as the Adobe Air Marketplace.

Take a peak at the video and see what you think; if you like what you see hit the source link at the bottom of the post for a few more videos that they have posted to their YouTube channel.

This is scheduled for release in Germany in July with no word on an international launch date at the moment and that means that it would have a whole lot of competition from the likes of Notion Ink, MSI, HP, Dell, Toshiba, and possibly even Google themselves if it would ever make it to U.S. shores.

Via: Crunchgear

Source: WePad Youtube Channel

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 6 years and covering mobile for the last 7. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website mino

    it seems like windows 7 no android!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      They refer to it as the “WePad OS” and claim it is a Linux/Android mash-up, but again they seem to think they are going to be able to get access to the Android Market.

  • http://Website Scott

    not interested in this…more junk to clutter…

    • http://Website clen

      UI looks unpolished and unconsistent giving the impression what we’re seeing above is a mock-up. Or the reason behind this is simply the fact a relatively unknown company which is also much smaller than Apple is behind it.

      As for UI, I guess it’ll remain closed-source, which is a pity since it would be awesome for Android-companies (incl. Neofonie) to have something like KDE community for Android.

      Other than that — OpenOffice running inside Android? That makes me go “Hm…”. WePad by NeoFone Reactions

  • http://Website Harold Meder

    Please add a trackball on the right hand side of the frame, with two buttons on the back of the frame.

    For left handed people, the WePad can be rotated to put the trackball and buttons on the left.

    The trackball should be the size of a small ball bearing.

    The buttons should be positioned such that the index and pointer fingers rest naturally on them when the thumb is on the trackball.

    I don’t like smudging up my screen.