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$300 tablet runs Ubuntu Linux on AA batteries

Sep 23, 2009, 08:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"NorhTec's Gecko Info Pad -- touted as "the least expensive tablet PC that's ever been built" -- is an interesting follow-on to the Gecko EduBook, a $200 netbook announced by the company in May. Key features of the EduBook, carried over to the Info Pad include the ability to run for three to four hours on eight, off-the-shelf NiMH (nickel metal hydride) AA batteries, plus an internal power supply that allows recharging the system via a simple, easily replaced AC line cord, the company says.

"According to NorhTec, the Info Pad (above) may also be configured with lithium-ion battery packs -- which can extend battery life by up to 50 percent -- if a customer wishes. However, the use of AA batteries is claimed to provide a substantial cost savings. In quantity, eight NiMH batteries may be sourced for approximately $10 per device, the company says, in contrast to proprietary li-ion batteries that can cost up to $100 per pack."

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