THE HEAVILY HYPED TABLET Kno has finally got a release date, though only pre-order customers need apply.
The Kno tablet that has two 14.1-inch screens was mooted as a replacement for textbooks. Now the company behind the device has said that the first shipments will be going to selected students and teachers. Apparently the firm has been ringing up those on the pre-order list saying that their orders will be shipped within 60 days.
Aside from the vague shipment date, it is being reported that the firm will not be able to fulfill all of the pre-orders, meaning that if you haven't got a phone call yet, you are not one of the chosen few.
There are still a lot of questions left unansered about the Kno. While a shipping date has been mentioned, there's no word on whether textbooks will be available for the device. The firm's website is not properly accessible, with the Kno's manufacturer urging users to sign up to receive a possible 25 per cent discount, yet it doesn't reveal the price of a Kno tablet.
It had been expected that the Kno would sell for about $800 when it tipped up at CES last month. At that price we're not sure how many students can afford it, even if it comes with cut price textbooks. While electronic versions of textbooks might be cheaper than 'dead tree' versions, students will have a hard time selling on their ebooks later.
Having some sort of exclusivity usually adds cachet to a product, but in this case one must start to think that Kno's tactics could end up costing it dearly, as consumers look to the many other tablets that are about to tip up. µ