Pegatron Tablet Computer To Be Called Masterpad?

Pegatron, one of the biggest hardware manufacturers in Taiwan, may well release a new tablet computer based on Windows 7, called the Masterpad, and which is supposed to be launched in August.

The device, whose existence was leaked by an Israeli blog, shows a 11.6-inch model which looks like a bigger than usual digital photo frame and carries an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N450 processor with 1GB RAM and at least 32GB onboard Flash.

As expected, battery life is less than spectacular at around five hours - compared to the Apple iPad - but at least it has two USB ports and a mini HDMI connector. Plus at 850g, it is surprisingly light given that its screen size is nearly two inch bigger than Apple's tablet.

As for the screen resolution, expect it to be around 1366x768 pixels and based on IPS (In Plane Switching) technology, what you'd expected from a thin-and-light laptop.

We're also hearing of an aluminium/magnesium alloy enclosure, a 1.3 megapixel camera, an accelerometer, a two cell battery and a memory card reader plus the option to get 3G and GPS.

The 14mm-thick Masterpad may be released in the UK through Gigabyte although pricing and availability at this point is unknown. Also we wouldn't bet against an Android version of the MasterPad in the future.