The iPad isn’t the only tablet coming to AT&T. The OpenPeak OpenTablet device is designed to combine communications, entertainment, social networking, and home and energy management. It will also have its own app store. Coming in late 2010, the 7-inch multitouch slate has Intel Atom inside (the next-gen Moorestown platform). You’ll also get an iPhone-like interface with plenty of icon shortcuts for things like YouTube and Pandora.
The OpenTablet comes with dual cameras, USB and microSD slot expansion, and HDMI output, all features the iPad lacks. The device weighs 1.15 pounds and is 0.59 inches thick, and will be sold with a docking station charger.
And that’s just one highlight from AT&T’s CTIA press event.
- AT&T also took a shot at the Slingbox, introducing U-verse Mobile for delivering TV episodes to your smart phone and programming your DVR when you’re away from home. When it launches this summer, the service will let you download The Office and other favorites either at home or at AT&T hotspots. The carrier demoed U-verse Mobile on an iPhone, and the quality looked solid.
- AT&T is playing up Connected Devices other than phones, including everything from the iPad to a pet tracking collar to pallets (a pure business play). In fact, AT&T says there will be 20 billion connected devices sold by 2020.
- Zeebo is a 3G-enabled gaming and education system. The gaming is all wireless. (Reminds us of OnLive.) GlowCap, intelligent pill caps, which use sound and light reminders for taking medications. And you can track whether your parents or other loved ones are following the doctors’ orders.
- The next-generation messaging solution for quick messaging devices (non smart-phones) includes threaded conversations, group messaging, and multimedia sharing. You can embed multimedia elements within messaging and you can see it in the thread.
- AT&T Address Book another app coming to market for feature phones and smart phones, which includes automatic backup and online access. It’s designed to keep contacts “safe and accessible” and you can import contacts from other services like Yahoo. It will rolling out on the Samsung Strive but coming to other handsets soon.
- AT&T is also taking a new approach to photo sharing. AT&T Locker lets you transfer photos and videos to the Web and edit them online. You can then share this content with Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket, with other services coming. 35 cents per upload. Sounds pricey to us. That’s $10 for 50 images.
- New AT&T Music service lets you discover, play, and shop for music for $6.99 per month. The carrier is trying to aggregate all of this stuff in one place. You can look up lyrics for an artist,
- Also unveiled this week is a new 3G Microcell provides 5-bar coverage in your home and beefs up voice and data. Unlimited calling is $19.99 per month and it’s $149 for the device. It’s coming out starting in April.