UK Firm Rolls Out iPad Rival Called iTablet

UK-based company, X2 Computing, has presented a new tablet PC called the iTablet which is set to give Apple's iPad a run for its money by combining, what many have said, to be some of the main missing features of the iPad.

The device - whose name is clearly a dig at Apple - is essentially a netbook without a keyboard but with a capacitive multi touch interface coupled with a 10.2-inch or 12.1-inch display with a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels.

Hence you get an Atom 1.6GHz processor from Intel, 2GB RAM, an upgradable 250GB hard disk drive, speakers, three USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi, 3G by default and optional HDMI.

We suspect that there is a card reader somewhere, Bluetooth as well as a headphone socket. At 1.2Kg, it is almost twice as heavy as Apple's tablet and nearly three times as thick (ouch).

It will be available in a number of colours and will support Linux and various flavours of Windows OSes.

Robin Daunter, technical director of X2 Computing, said that “The iTablet is extremely powerful with a vast array of features and data storage capacity and, what is more, it uses the well received Microsoft Windows 7 operating system making it a more compelling proposition for users wishing to share data with their existing Windows-based systems and networks."

X2 Computing has not yet revealed when the iTablet will be launched and when it will be available. The company also produces a number of other tablet-format devices including the X210L which also uses an Atom processor.

Our Comments

The website of X2 computing is quite user-unfriendly and we couldn't find more information about the tablet. Some photos and a video demonstration of the user interface would have been nice. We suspect that it will be on par with what you can experience on any netbook.

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