Panasonic eBook Tablet Prototype Shown; To Support Rakuten eBook Store [Video]

July 12, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When it comes to tablets, it seems manufacturers of all sizes are busy readying their versions of slates. Rushing through the eBook Expo in Tokyo, we just stumbled upon a new slate at the Panasonic booth. Still under development, the Panasonic tablet prototype seems to be worthy of a deeper look.

From what we get to see, the new Panasonic tablet comes with 7 inches of screen real estate and a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Panasonic showed off the prototype with a dual-core CPU, built-in camera, and microSDHC slot.

All of 400 grams in weight, we guess the specifications will stay when the actual product rolls out.

One notable feature of the new device would be that it would be an eBook tablet. Being developed mainly to handle e-books for the Japanese market, we hear the upcoming device would support e-commerce site Rakuten’s e-book store scheduled to go live by early August.

Panasonic will be throwing in an API that can receive information from Rakuten and show it on screen. The service will be offered over a Wi-Fi connection so that you to get all info on books and rankings on a real time basis.

The new eBook tablet will come preinstalled with as many as 600 previewable e-books. The Android OS makes the tablet also provides basic applications like browsing and e-mail.

We are now waiting to see more of the device in the coming weeks. Panasonic has not yet revealed as to when the device would debut or what it will have on the price tag. Stay tuned for more on that.

Here’s a video from the Tokyo event.

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