UK firm X2 Computing has finally unveiled its much anticipated iPad rival, aiming to entice business users by offering the functionality of Windows 7 on the move.
The itablet W101 comes with a 10.1in widescreen LED backlit capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1,024 x 600. The Windows 7 Home Premium operating system is powered by an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor with 2GB DDR2 SDRAM.
The chipset means that the device is capable of multi-tasking, according to the manufacturer, AHX Global, a firm created by UK-based X2 Computing and Taiwanese tablet designer AMtek Systems.
A trial version of Microsoft Office 2010 is included, so the device can be used in conjunction with other Windows-based systems. The tablet will ship with 32GB of storage, an integrated SD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports and HDMI output.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will be included, while 3G and GPS can be purchased as optional extras. The device comes with a 2-megapixel webcam and microphone for video and VoIP calling is included, and is fully compatible with Flash. The tablet has dimensions of 271 x 163 x 16mm and weighs under 1kg.
AHX Global will simultaneously launch the W102, which is powered by an Intel Atom Z510, 1.3GHz processor and 1GB DDR2 SDRAM. This model will run Windows 7 Starter Edition and will have largely the same features as the W101, but without the webcam and HDMI output.
The itablet will cater to enterprise users and consumers as it is more than just a media player, according to the firm.
"Itablet provides the same full desktop experience on the move that can be achieved with a laptop but in a more compact, lightweight and easy-to use form factor," said Stanley Hsu, general manager of AHX Global.
V3.co.uk contacted AHX to confirm pricing and was told that details are still being finalised. The devices are expected to start shipping in March.
The itablet was first showcased last February, and the rapidly expanding tablet market could make it tough for AHX to make an impact.
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