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CES 2012 Week Panasonic showed off a handheld Skype tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last night. Panasonic Skype Communications Device It only exists as a prototype, and you might think that folks' smartphones and tablets will do the job of video calling equally well, but Panasonic thinks punters will want a …

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Better yet...

Give it a charger/stand, make it touch screen (I assume it will be already) and when not doing Skype it can be a clock / family calendar device, photo album etc. Want to make a call? Just pick it up and it will automatically pop up a menu of actions (when it is removed from the charger) including an option to voice or video call. Incoming call? Just pick it up to answer, or press the on-screen button to answer with it still in the charger.

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So it's a cheap tablet with a $2 plastic stand glued on? Or did I miss something? Maybe the idea is it's super-cheap since it can be very low-power and not need a fancy screen?

But a laptop can do all that they mention, surely?

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@'But a laptop can do all that they mention, surely?'

Yes, but do grandparents really want to buy a whole laptop to skype the grandkids occaionally?

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Well, yes, they are...

likely to already have a laptop - otherwise what would be the point of having an Internet connection?

It doesn't make sense to pay for Internet connectivity just for the occasional Skype call.

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Time to dump their shares

So a major Japanese consumer electronics group's main announcement is a cheap bit of obvious that a $75 tablet can already do and that can be cloned for $30 by any chinese maker.

A bit like having Mercedes' announcing at the motor show a sleeve on your sun visor to hold CDs.

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Yeahbut this is CES not CeBIT

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Looks like something...

from the Amstrad stable.

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Amstrad...

Personally I think Amstrad wouldn't have lowered themselves to this

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