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Advent's iPad 2 Rival Tablet Now Costs £140

Currys has started a fire sale for its Advent Vega tablet on its Ebay outlet online shop, with the tablet costing a mere £140; although it is refurbished, it still comes with a 12 month warranty and free delivery.

The Advent Vega was the first tablet to go on sale with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC and was launched back in 2010 before all the current mainstream Honeycomb tablets. It is currently available from Currys for a whopping £230.

The device comes with 512MB RAM, a Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a 4GB microSD card, Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a two-cell Li-Polymer battery with a battery life of up to 16 hours.

The tablet is a bit thick though at nearly 14mm, and quite heavy at 750g. Although it only comes with the Android 2.2 operating system, there are already hacks that allow users to upgrade to Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb.

The Hannspree Hannspad costs an additional £20, comes as new, with a better screen, four times the amount of onboard storage but with no camera. Although it is not quite as good as the HP TouchPad, it is the closest deal yet.