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Kogan Releases £179 iPad Clone with Capacitive Screen

Australian tech company Kogan has launched a pair of new Android-based tablets with 8-inch and 10-inch displays for £139 and £179 respectively.

There are two peculiar features of the two tablets; firstly they both have a capacitive touchscreen display, a rarity at this price point and the screen resolution on both is 1024x768 similar to the iPad, the iPad 2 and the HP TouchPad tablets (that's a 4:3 screen ratio).

Like the original iPad, both tablets are powered by a Cortex-A8 based processor clocked at 1GHz. Apple had the A4 and we suspect that Kogan is using the Samsung Hummingbird, the same as the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab.

Other features include 512MB RAM (twice the amount of the iPad), 4GB onboard storage (expandable to 36GB via a microSD card slot), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a front facing webcam (but no rear camera), a micro HDMI and micro USB port plus it runs on Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread.

Both tablets are already available for sale at a discount via Kogan's own peculiar Liveprice dynamic pricing solution.

The company has already got a 7-inch tablet with a 480x800 pixel resolution on the market for £119 and with the same specifications as the bigger tablets.

Désiré Athow

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 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.