Earl E-ink rugged tablet available for pre-order: specifications revealed

Earl is a rugged Android Jelly Bean tablet having a 6″ HD E-ink flexible screen developed by LG Display which is a glove friendly IR touchscreen. It comes with a front light, a solar panel and a water and impact resistant rugged shell to survive extreme outdoor conditions. It can recharge itself with the solar panel on its back and will keep you connected with its two-way radio anywhere on the planet.

Earl tablet

The tablet packs a crazy number of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, anemometer, temperature and humidity sensors, AM/FM/SW/LW Radio, FRS/GMRS/MURS radio for picking up emergency transmissions and a bunch of connectivity options including WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, IR Blaster, GPS and GLONASS.

The complete set of respectable specifications includes:

  • Flexible 6″ E-ink screen (1024×768 resolution) with front light and IR touchscreen
  • Waterproof and impact absorbing shell
  • i. MX 6 Dual Core 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB Flash storage with micro SD card slot for expansion
  • 20+ hour battery life
  • 20 inch USB lanyard connectivity
  • Dimensions 183 x 121 x 15 mm and weight 303 grams (10.8 Oz)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The website quoted as saying, “Working together with cutting-edge motion, force and orientation sensors, Earl’s GPS chipset gives you precise reading of your location, direction and elevation.   Combine Earl with everytrail.com and have access to over 300,000 trails at your fingertips. Connect ANT+ or Bluetooth 4.0 devices to measure your heart rate, pace and cadence. Share your routes with friends using Android Beam™ technology.”

Solar Panel

Sqigle, the company behind Earl, is looking to raise $250,000 to jump in to production. Currently it is up for pre-order at $250, which seems to be the discounted price at 30% discount. It is hardly imaginable that such an awesome packed tablet is available for such an affordable price and we won’t act surprised if the price gets raised considerably to around $450 if the fund raiser does not meet its target.

Sqigle is expecting the Earl to get in to production in July with the first batch shipping by the end of summer. You can visit its website Meet Earl to know more and pre-order. Keep following us for more such news and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for more news related to phones, gadgets and computers.