Motion shows off Oak Trail tablet

CES 2011: x86 goodness in a flat package

Motion LogoMOTION HAD THE first production Oak Trail tablet at CES, and it shows a lot of potential. Barring one crippling flaw, it looks head and shoulders above the ARM field.

 Motion Tablet

My pictures are too dark

The CL900 tablet is not quite ready yet, officially early Q2 if the last Oak Trail bugs get quashed by then. It is decently slim, especially in light of the power it packs. The tablet is an unspecified Oak Trail CPU at 1.5GHz coupled to a 10.1″ 1366 * 768 touch panel. The panel is coated with Gorilla Glass, so it should be pretty rugged.

On top of that, the tablet is lightly ruggedized, think resistant, not immune, to most environmental indignities. The CL900 will pass the standard 43″ drop test, and generally get banged around more than most without letting the magic smoke out.

Motion Ports

This one isn’t that dark

There are hidden HDMI 1.3 ports, USB, SD and docking connectors beneath a rubber panel on one side, a pop-out stylus on the other. Optionally, you can get two cameras, one front and one rear facing. Memory is up to 2GB of DDR2, and you can have up to a 62GB (no, that is not a typo) of SSD storage as well.

The crippling flaw? Well there are two actually. The first is the the 2GB of DRAM max, but that is an Oak Trail problem, not a Motion choice. The bigger problem is that Motion only offers it with Windows, so it will be slow and barely fit in to the hardware cap. If there were other options, this would be the best tablet I have seen at CES, but until they come to their senses, you might want to look elsewhere.S|A

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