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2goPad SL10 Pro tablet has iPad beat

Another of an anticipated wave of Apple iPad challenger products is scheduled to begin shipping to consumers three days before Christmas.

US firm CTL has announced a new $799 (£ 507) SL10 Pro tablet model. The 2goPad SL10 Pro takes the company's existing $599 (£ 380) 2goPad SL10 (which is currently on sale for $549 (£348) and adds features and accessories that increase functionality and connectivity.

The 2goPad SL10 Pro, with a 10.1-inch, 1064 x 600 resolution capacitive multi-touch display display (larger, but slightly lower res. than the iPad's 1024 x 768 screen) offers the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and 2GB of memory as the SL10 but includes a more capacious 64GB SSD Hard Drive, comes with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional pre-installed, plus a capacitive stylus pen, custom cleaning cloth and a small highly portable Bluetooth enabled wireless keyboard with a trackpad. Additionally, the Pro model is 3G ready.

With a 64GB solid state drive, the SL10 Pro offers up to 56% faster performance than standard hard drives. The solid state drive also offers increased reliability and faster boot up times. And the wireless keyboard and capacitive stylus make the 2goPad Pro even easier to use.

Erik Stromquist, Executive Vice President and COO of CTL, says: "Our vertical markets have been asking for this type of solution and we ve responded. The SL10 Pro model is one of the most powerful, full featured and flexible tablets on the market."

As noted, the 2goPad SL10 Pro comes with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional pre-installed, allowing users to multi-task with ease, something few tablets currently on the market are capable of. The 2goPad SL10 Pro also blows the iPad into the weeds connectivity-wise, being equipped with B/G/N wireless, 2 USB ports (iPad - 0) and SD Card reader (not supported by the iPad either) allowing users to connect a wide selection of external devices. Users can also add a 3G card for $90.00 (£57), further increasing their connectivity options.

With Adobe Flash video (no Flash on the iPad) and HTML5 compatibility, the ability to run eReader software, such as Amazon's Kindle application, and access to millions of standard Microsoft Windows programs, the 2goPad SL10 Pro offers a lot of features and functionality that the iPad simply can't compete with, albeit at a price $100 greater than the 64 GB WiFi Apple machine in a more than one pound heavier package (2.6 lb) and with only a claimed five-hour typical usage battery life. Arguably, the extra value is there if you value connectivity, flexibility and capability more than light weight and longer intervals between charges.

Along with the capacitive stylus, cleaning cloth and wireless keyboard the SL10 Pro comes bundled with a VGA adapter for an external monitor and a case.

CTL is accepting pre-orders for the 2goPad Pro now, and expects to receive their first shipment December 22nd, after which will ship units in the sequence in which orders were received: monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.