The Crunchpad, Michael Arrington’s much-hyped, but seldom seen, internet tablet has been unveiled at a press conference by developers Fusion Garage. It’s now called JooJoo and will go on sale for $400 this Friday, December 11.
Fusion Garage’s CEO, Chandra Rathakrishnan, says the Joojoo is not a tablet PC. It has a tablet form factor but boots straight into the internet browser and will not run apps.
Joojoo will only come in black (Henry Ford style) and features a 12.1in capacitive touchscreen. There’s a 4GB solid-state drive and local cache which means Joojoo be able to hold on to stuff like user names and passwords. Fusion Garage claims it’ll deliver 5 hours of battery life per charge.
Joojoo won’t have 3G (no SIM slot) and will rely on WiFi. Besides a power button, there’s no physical buttons on JooJoo although there appears to be an SD card slot and a USB socket.
There’s an accelerometer which means JooJoo will be able to rotate its screen and may also be able to handle some games. Interestingly, Fusion Garage also says it will have enough graphics power to deliver HD video.
Fusion Garage will be demoing Joojoo this week and says it has resources to meet “significant demand” with $3m dollars in funding already and another round of investment just completed. It denies deals were completed with Mike Arrington or Techcrunch.
Asked if Techcrunch had even contributed to the device’s marketing, Rathakrishnan was dismissive: “It depends what you define as marketing. Michael has helped us talk about what the tablet can do but so have many others. We can take this to market without Techcrunch…Techcrunch is just a blog.”