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UK Mattress Maker Preps £129 iPad 2 Rival

Want proof that the tablet market is very open? Well, "Leading UK bed and mattress specialist" Mattressman is going to launch a tablet called Andy Pad, in honour of Android. Surely, a Tesco-branded tablet is not too far.

The tablet (opens in new tab), which is set to be launched at the beginning of September, will come with some pretty interesting features, including: a Cortex A8 system on chip clocked at 1.2GHz, Wi-Fi, 1080p HDMI connectivity and a 7-inch touchscreen, a front facing camera, a microUSB port and a microSD card reader.

Surprisingly, the tablet is said to come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a number of pre-installed apps including Facebook, Twitter and Bubble Blast II.

The Andy Pad seems to have adopted the same colour scheme as the Amazon Kindle with a white, unglossy finish as well as a screen that looks grey rather than black when switched off.

The tablet will be sold directly and in the UK only, at least initially. There are no plans to get a rear facing camera, onboard 3G (and GPS) and it may or may not have a resistive touchscreen; another unknown is the amount of internal memory (RAM) and storage.

The pleasant surprise though is that the tablet will cost only £129 and you can already register your interest on its website. The Andy Pad will not only face the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab but will also be pitted against the Kogan Agora 7-inch tablet PC which costs £125.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.