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It was only about 6-weeks ago that TechCrunch decided they wanted to build a $200 web tablet, and they were trying to recruit all of the talent they could to get the job done. The image above is showing off the first prototype that has been assembled, but it won’t be nearly as thick as what you see:

Prototype A has been built. It’s in a temporary aluminum case that a local sheet metal shop put together for us that’s at least twice as thick as it needs to be, but the hardware has been defined and is nearing lockdown. We booted the machine in the case for the first time today, accessed the Wifi network and were able to navigate a web page via the touch screen.

They haven’t given out any of the hardware specs for the prototype, but I know they were shooting for 512MB of RAM and a 4GB Solid State Drive. The screen will be either 10 or 12 inches, but which one will likely depend on how much they need to lower costs in order to hit the $200 price point. All of this will be wrapped up with Linux using Firefox as the web browser of choice.

Unfortunately they didn’t put together a video demonstration of the unit working, but I’m sure it’s still pretty rough around the edges. I wonder how long it will be until we actually see one of these babies running in a slim and sleek casing?