While Microsoft and other companies have offered large touchscreen Windows 8 PCs for sale in the past, they have mostly targeted the business market. This week, a Brazilian company called Apek is trying to sell a similar product but this time as both a PC and as a television for the home.
The product is called the Maxpad, and comes in 39, 50 and 64.5 inch versions; all three have 1920x1080 touchscreens. Apek will even ship the TV with a custom color of the buyer's choice. Inside, there's an AMD A10 processor with a Radeon HD 7660 GPU, along with 8GB of RAM. There's support for both solid state 60GB drives or a regular 500 GB hard drive for storage. It also comes with a 5 megapixel camera for video conferences.
Besides Windows 8.1, the Maxpad includes its own software programs for taking screenshots of TV shows that can then be manipulated by the included art program. Those images can then be sent instantly to a user's social network account. There;s also a DVR feature that allows users to rewind live TV shows as much as 150 minutes in the past.
The ShowMeTech website has more information on the Maxpad, which took Apek nearly two years to develop and make before this week's launch. Maxpad also includes a remote for controlling both its TV and PC sides and the company has plans to add telephone support in a future update of the remote.
The Maxpad is now available for sale in Brazil and the Info.br site claims prices are $16,000 in Brazilian Real (about $5,400 in US dollars) for the 39 inch model, $21,000 BRL for the 50 inch version ($9,000 US) and $27,000 BRL ($12,000 US) for the 63.5 inch unit. There's no word on if Apek plans to expand sales to other markets.
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