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X2 announces cheekily named iTablet

X2 announces cheekily named iT...
A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet
A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet
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A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet
A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet
A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet
A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet

In what would have to be one of the craftiest marketing ploys seen in recent times, UK company X2 Computing has announced the release of the iTablet. Taking a name that the Apple iPad was heavily rumored to be called before it was announced, X2 has timed its latest release perfectly to capitalize on the current hype surrounding tablet PC’s.

The iTablet features 10.2” or 12.1” touchscreens with optional multitouch, a large on screen keyboard and images up to 1024x768 resolution in both portrait and landscape display. The unit weighs around 1.18kg and measures 252x192mm with thickness from 28mm to 35mm. As well as a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and 250GB of storage, the iTablet is HDD based and runs on Windows 7, Windows XP Tablet Edition or Linux.

Included are three USB ports, optional HDMI output, as well as Bluetooth, optional 3G and GSM along with built in 802.11b/g networking. Unlike the iPad, the iTablet offers Flash support, and also features a 1.3MP webcam.

Due for release in April according to the press release, the X2 iTablet will be available in a range of metallic colors including pink, blue, red and yellow. Pricing details have not been released, and while it remains to be seen whether the unit can give Apple a run for its money, common sense says it will take more than a similar moniker to challenge the already popular iPad come release time.

The big question would be whether it can be hacked to run OS X. The iPad\'s one weakness is that many Apple fans would rather buy something that ran the desktop OS rather than the more limited iPhone OS.
Talk about begging for a lawsuit. Hope they have a big warchest.
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The main disadvantage I\'ve seen regarding the IPad is that it can still only run one app at a time. If the ITablet runs Windows or Linux, I see this as HUGE advantage for most users. The addition of the camera is a nice touch over the IPad as well (it was one of the consistent objections I\'ve seen raised.) All in all, I think the ITablet is on the right path, but I\'ll be surprised to see it released under this name (\"I\" technology such as IPod, IPad and IPhone are definitely Apple, and I think they would be likely to challenge ITablet if for no other reason than to hold up the release.)
Looks to be so much better than the ipad. Hope people see sense and buy the better option rather than the brand.
The windows 7 UI actually genuinely gives the Mac OS\'s (every one) a run for their money. The Itablet is certainly my choice, if not purely because of the lack of Apple DRM all over it.