A few facts from tech history before we begin with this mostly unheard of tablet. Three years before Apple came out with its own tablet, iPad, there existed a tablet running Apple’s OS X, called Mac tablet, built by a company called Axiotron. Axiotron has expired from the tech world since then, but now one of its co-founders, Andreas Haas is bringing back the “Modbook” from his new company, the LA based Modbook Inc.
The new Modbook Pro is called the “the world’s most powerful and largest-screen tablet computer.” Well, what else can we expect from a tablet which originally was manufactured to be an Apple MacBook Pro.
The Modbook Pro come in two configurations, both offering a 13.3-inch, 1,280-by-800 pixels, non-retina, flush mounted displays running the OS X Mountain Lion. The MacBook Pros used are all refurbished units. The Modbook comes with a stylus included.
“The Modbook Pro’s configurable base system includes a 2.5GHz dual core Intel® Core™ i5 processor or 2.9GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 2.5–inch SATA drive (up to 1TB HDD or up to 960GB SSD), an 8X SuperDrive® DVD burner, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity capability”
Once the 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery is fully charged, the company claims the Modbooks’ battery will last for a full seven hours.
“Modbook Pro has a state-of the-art digitizer from the industry leader in pen tablet technology, Wacom®, offering 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity — more than any other tablet computer on the market. And the Modbook Pro’s pen interface features tough and scratch-resistant ForceGlass™, providing an etched, paper-emulating drawing and writing surface… Included with the Modbook Pro is a best-in class digitizer pen with two programmable side buttons and digital eraser. The pen is securely stowed in the built-in, magnetic catch-equipped pen garage.”
The base unit of the system is connected to the MacBook Pro a process called “ExoConnect” and as a result of which, the Modbook Pro losses two of MacBook Pro’s three USB ports and also the FaceTime camera. No info on availability and pricing yet but it is expected to cost no more than an actual MacBook Pro and is expected to be available for pre-order in a month or two.