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Fujitsu Launches 10-inch iPad 2 Android-based Rival

After its first Windows Phone and Windows 7 smartphones, Japanese tech powerhouse Fujitsu has unveiled a rugged 10-inch Android-based tablet called the Arrows F-01D which is presented as a "high specification, water-proof" tablet which will be available in Japan on NTT Docomo's Xi LTE network.

It is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1280x800 pixel capacitive touchscreen, packs a TI OMAP 4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz, the same as the RIM Blackberry Playbook, runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb, has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a five megapixel front facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel rear one, microUSB, microSD and microSIM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1

The only real surprise is the inclusion of a TV Tuner. As expected, the tablet, which is set to be announced towards the end of the month, is slightly thicker than the competition at 11.5mm (which is nearly 50 per cent more than the Toshiba Excite AT-200).

Whether or not the tablet will be available outside Japan (and in Europe) remains to be seen, but as with much of the cool technology that Japanese companies seem to spin out endlessly, it is very unlikely to happen.