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Exclusive : O2 Slashes Cost Of 7-inch Atom Tablet Device To £49

O2 will apparently cut the cost of its electronics fridge door/post it device, otherwise known as the Joggler, to a third of its initial launch price (down to £49) for 14 days only starting from the 2nd of April.

This means that you will be able to get yourself a 700g Mobile Internet Device with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 800x480 pixel resolution for a little more than the cost of a "dumb" digital photo frame.

The Joggler is a relabelled OpenPeak OpenFrame device that boosts some pretty impressive configuration like an Intel Atom processor, 1GB onboard memory, WiFi-N connectivity, Ethernet as well as support for a number of operating systems thanks to EFI.

It also comes with a USB port but no SD card reader. It runs on an O2-customised operating system but hackers have been able to install Nokia's Maemo and Ubuntu's Netbook Edition on the Joggler as you can see below.

Even without any hack, the O2 Joggler remains a very decent device especially at £49. You get internet radio with 100 radio stations powered by Pure, the ability to play a host of audio and video formats (wired or wireless) as well as sending and receiving text messages.

Of course, it will be able to display pictures like an ordinary digital photo frame and its two inbuilt speakers should be more than enough for most tasks. And if that is not enough, users will be able to download free Apps from the O2 App store from tomorrow.

Note though that the O2 Joggler is a mains-only device which is a real shame.

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