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Price Of Hannspree iPad 2 Rival Falls To £149.98

It may not be the sexiest large format tablet on the market but the Hannspree 10 Android 2.2. Hannspad is now by far the cheapest, after a £100 discount that brings its price to a mere £149.98.

The cashback ends today midnight courtesy of Misco (opens in new tab) and more details can be found here (opens in new tab).

Like the more expensive Motorola XOOM, the tablet comes with a dual core Nvidia SoC clocked at 1GHz, the Tegra II T20, includes 512MB RAM, a 16GB microSD card plus a 1024x600 pixel, 10-inch capacitive touchscreen.

It is far bigger and heavier than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the iPad 2 (13.9mm thick, 745g) but that was expected; it does carry a microUSB and an HDMI port, both of which are absent from Apple's tablet.

The Hannspad 10 runs Android 2.2 which would allow it to become a hotspot if needed. We're not sure how good battery life is and the fact that it doesn't do 3G might put off some parties.

It is unlikely that the tablet will ever be upgraded to Honeycomb 3.1 although Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Honeycomb 3.2 is not totally out of the picture.

Still, the Hannspree Hannspad is a full £50 cheaper than the Advent Vega and nearly a third of the price of the iPad 2. Add to that the fact that you can swap in 32GB microSD cards to increase capacity and you have a rather enticing product.

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.