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    OCS9 Windows 7 Tablet and O-Bar remotes from OCOSMOS: pricing, availability, and hands-on pictures

    OCS9 Windows 7 Tablet and O-Bar remotes from OCOSMOS: pricing, availability, and hands-on pictures

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    The OCS9 from OCOSMOS has been seen before in a different form, but in its current iteration the Windows 7 tablet is less concept and more actual product. Actual enough that the company has set a price of around $700 and claims it expects to ship in Korea this month and in the US within a matter of weeks (pending FCC approval). The headline feature is the Oak Trail processor clocked at 1.5GHz, which is attached to a Windows 7 tablet that has perfectly capable specs all around: 16 or 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD), 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive IPS LCD, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. In terms of ports, there's the proprietary dock connector and 2 USB plugs -- this being Windows 7, you can use those to plug in a 3G or LTE dongle. It's all packed into an aluminum and glass body that's 12.4mm thick and weighs 780 grams.

    Plenty of hands-on photos, impressions, and a demo video from OCOSMOS can be found after the break.

    Performance-wise, we're going to need to wait to see how this looks in production, because the prototype we saw needed a bit of work in the speed and responsiveness department. We'd say that's due to the heaviness of the custom OMOS launcher on top of Windows 7, but that skin is little more than a lightweight way of arranging icons on a touchable grid. Unfortunately, we suspect that the time that would have been spent on final tweaks for the tablet went to the bevy of accessories OCOSMOS plans to offer: a keyboard/battery dock that takes battery life from 6 hours to 10, an HDMI dock, and three different flavors of remotes.

    Speaking of those remotes, we have the Gold O-Bar (which is white), the Smart O-Bar, and the Smart O-Bar with camera. All three sport gyroscopes and dual d-pads that can slide around in addition to being pressed, while the Smart O-Bar remotes add a touchscreen. These crazy little guys are meant to be used as remotes, text-entry tools, mice, Bluetooth VoIP phones, game-pads, and probably a few other things. There's no word on release date for them, but usability certainly looks less-than-intuitive.

    Setting the remotes aside, the OCS9 itself is reasonably good-looking and light for a Windows 7 tablet -- but there's the rub. With Windows 8 making its big debut today, it's hard to get excited about a Windows 7 tablet right now, no matter how fancy the remote.

    OCS9 Windows 7 Tablet and O-Bar remotes from OCOSMOS: hands-on pictures