Last week in a TechCrunch post, Michael Arrington pronounced the CrunchPad dead due to Fusion Garage’s decision to cut ties with TechCrunch. Chandra Rathakrishnan, CEO of Fusion Garage, held a webcast media event to show off the tablet and to clear up “inaccuracies” that had made their way into the TechCrunch blog post. Say hello to JooJoo.
JooJoo is a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet that, like Chrome OS, boots directly into a browser. There’s a 4GB solid-state drive, an accelerometer, and supposedly enough graphic power to handle full HD video. WiFi is will be it’s only connection source with a supposed battery life of 5 hours. There also appears to be a headphone jack, microphone jack, and one USB slot. During the webcast the device’s screen gave off a green glow, caused by the webcam itself. From what was visible onscreen during the brief demo, there are bookmarks for YouTube and Hulu implying we’ll get the full web experience, including Adobe Flash.
Back when it was still the CrunchPad, Arrington said we’d see the device in between $300 and $400. According to Chandra, those were completely unrealistic. He compared prices with the iPhone 3Gs at $299 and netbooks at $399 without touchscreen capabilities. The JooJoo will be priced at $499 and will be available for preorder on their website this Friday.
So there you have it folks. The CrunchPad name is dead but the device itself is all but. Fusion Garage will be releasing more demos throughout the week, so we’ll keep you posted. Despite the high price point, if it can live up to the hype, it’ll probably sell just fine. Do you have plans to buy a JooJoo? Are you going to wait to see what’s up Apple’s sleeve? Do you hate tablets altogether? We want to know what you think.