Wednesday, April 28

JooJoo Out In The Market In Europe and Canada, New Firmware Promised 'Shortly'

JooJoo now available in Europe and Canada, new firmware promised 'shortly' originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:35:00 EST.

Consumers in France, Germany and England waiting to get their hands on a tablet that has built-in support for Flash, a refined appearance, a 12.1 inch screen, and is optimized for web browsing, might be tempted by the JooJoo - which will arrive in Europe almost a month before the iPad goes on sale.

After a dramatic entry into the world and speculation about ultra-low sales figures in the US, the now infamous JooJoo tablet is landing on European shores.

The tablet formally known as the CrunchPad was once hailed as the next generation of touchscreen computers - a device that worked without a physical keyboard, contained no hard drive and booted directly to a browser to surf the web.

The JooJoo was (according to TechCrunch) originally the brainchild of technology blog editor Michael Arrington. It was built by Fusion Garage, a company based in Singapore and run by CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan.

There's no exact ship date listed for either of those nations (we're guessing it'll depart within 24 to 48 business hours), but pricing is pegged at $499 CAD with free shipping for our northerly neighbors, while those in Europe are being asked to pay €359 ($473) plus €13 ($17) in shipping fees. As to those user experience shortcomings, Chandra Rathakrishnan personally promises us a "robust software update" in short order that will apparently eliminate many of the widely reported problems with the device.
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