Motion adds Celeron to low-cost Tablet PC

Motion Computing has boosted the performance of its entry-level slate Tablet PC with an upgraded processor.

Motion Computing has boosted the performance of its entry-level slate Tablet PC with an upgraded processor.

The new addition to the M1300 Tablet PC product line comes with Intel's Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Celeron processor running at 800MHz, 256Mbytes of double data rate synchronous dynamic Ram, a 20Gbyte hard drive, a 12.1-inch display and Intel's Pro/Wireless 2100 chip for connecting to 802.11b networks in its base configuration. The device is also available with an 802.11g chip from Broadcom.

Both configurations cost $1,699, and are available immediately through Motion's website.

The M1300 Mainstream Tablet PC will replace the M1200, Motion's original Tablet PC.

The M1300 Tablet PC is targeting customers in the healthcare and education markets who cannot afford the more powerful Tablet PCs manufactured by Motion. However, Motion has cut the base price of its M1300 Power Tablet PC to $1,999, which includes a 1GHz Pentium M processor from Intel.

Tablet PCs have been slow to catch on among mobile users, but manufacturers and analysts think the device still has a bright future. Users can handwrite notes with a special pen directly onto the display of a Tablet PC, which comes in two varieties, slate and convertible.

The slate devices, such as Motion's, come without a keyboard, while the convertible devices feature a display that swivels to cover a standard notebook keyboard when the device is used in Tablet PC mode.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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