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Hannspree Drops iPad 2 Rival Price To £170

Those looking for a decent tablet device but don't want to pay through the nose, should take note of the Hannspree Hannspad tablet whose price has fallen to £170, less than half its suggested retail price back in February 2011.

Ebuyer is currently selling the tablet - known as the SN10T1 - with free delivery at a price that significantly undercuts the Advent Vega, our former favourite budget tablet, as well as the pricing of other retailers (Carphone Warehouse sells it for £250).

When it comes to hardware, it is no slouch as well; there's a dual core ARM Cortex A9 SoC - the Nvidia Tegra II T20 - clocked at 1GHz, 512MB DDR2, 16.5GB onboard storage, a 10.1-inch capacitive LED touchscreen with a 1024x600 pixel resolution.

Other noteworthy features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mini USB, mini HDMI, a microSD slot and Android OS 2.2 Froyo. Its 3500mAh battery should give it a running time of up to eight hours according to Hannspree and the tablet is fast enough to deliver full HD content straight to your flatscreen TV.

Unfortunately, its screen resolution means that it won't be upgradable to Honeycomb 3.1 straight away, although the forthcoming 3.2 iteration is rumoured to be compatible with non-1280x800 pixel resolutions.

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.