My very first electronic typewriter was made by Olivetti. It was a sturdy beast and quite the reliable performer. So, it's good to see that the Telecom Italia-owned company is keeping up with the times as it announces the release of Italy's first tablet computer – the OliPad 100. The 10-inch Android tablet is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform, has Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, and sports SD card expansion if its 16GB of onboard memory proves to be too restrictive.

The stylish new OliPad 100 runs on Android 2.2, has a 10-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen display, is 0.54-inch (13.9 mm) thick, comes with full high definition video playback support, and access to a dedicated App Shop for consumers and Application Warehouse for businesses. It's powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1GHz, which is supported by 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

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There's a 1.3 megapixel webconferencing camera, G-sensor, ambient light sensor, 1W stereo speakers and a Lithium-polymer battery rated at 3650mAh/7.4V. In addition to USB 2.0 and mini-USB connectivity, the OliPad 100 also has a proprietary docking port for hooking up to the optional docking station, which sports a couple of USB 2.0 ports and HDMI 1.3.

The OliPad 100 is on sale now via Telecom Italia's sales network for EUR399 (US$554).

Clearly pleased with its new baby, Olivetti has set a target of shifting 1.5 million units in its home country over the next year.

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