That other tablet that was announced just a week ago sure doesn’t seem to be setting Fusion Garage’s Joojoo off course. Not only did it see an increase in orders after the iPad announcement, but Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishna just told us that production of the 12-inch tablet has kicked off and that the product is on target to start shipping this month. And it doesn’t sound like legal fees from fighting the TechCrunch lawsuit over the product are depleting Fusion Garage’s bank account: Chandra told us it’s teamed up with OEM CSL Group of Malaysia, which will be footing the bill for manufacturing in exchange for a “low single-digit” percentage of product revenue. We have our doubts about the math, but we’ll see how happy everyone is if and when the Joojoo starts shipping. (We’ll also see if James Cameron notices that Fusion Garage keeps using unlicensed Avatar images in its promo pictures.)
Chandra still wouldn’t budge on revealing what’s powering the device, but he was more than happy to confirm that the tablet will support full Flash at launch, and HD Flash content once Flash 10.1 is officially released – YouTube HD will play right now using a separate player plugin that takes advantage of GPU acceleration. “We have a bigger ‘app store’ than Apple because we have the full Internet,” he told us. Nevertheless, Fusion plans to launch a “web store” that will allow people to find web applications on the Joojoo. Speaking of Apple, Chandra was quite blunt about the iPad: “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.” No really – he told us everything from Steve Jobs calling the iPad a “magical product” to the couch being on stage during the keynote to the $499 price point was a nod to the Joojoo, since “juju” is an African word for “magical” and the Joojoo was positioned as a couch computer when it launched in November. Uh, sure. Trash talking aside, we’re very excited to see what this thing can do – a 16:9 720p tablet that can play Hulu sounds pretty interesting to us.
WareGround IT News: Joojoo tablet now in production, will support full Flash at launch