Over the last few months, since the iPad was announced, we’ve seen a lot of companies coming out with tablets. It’s a tablet-eat-tablet world out there, and with Apple’s iPad starting a trend that isn’t likely to die throughout 2010, you can imagine that all sorts of lesser-known contenders will be popping up with tablets and slates of their own in order to strike while the iron is hot.
It has been a while since we had reviewed an affordable $199 Tablet that had every ingredients that it takes to become an Apple iPad Killer. Today we are back with yet another promising tablet PC that can very well become an “iPad Killer” — Neofonie WePad! We agree that the Neofonie WePad is a cheeky attempt at a wordplay on the iPad, and it is surprising to see it come from the Germans whom we thought were much more serious in their undertakings.
WePad promises “fast Internet connectivity, a complete world of ready-to-use applications and easy access to books and photos, as well as magazines and newspapers from various publishers via the WeMagazine ePublishing Eco System.“
Luckily, the WePad boasts German efficiency and at its heart this is a fairly robust machine with an 11.6″ display at 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom 1.66GHz N450 processor, GMA 3150 graphics, a battery that lasts for up to 6 hours, an integrated webcam, a couple of USB ports and a memory card reader. Oh yeah, we left out the UMTS modem which allows you to hook up to the WePad App Store. Apart from that, it runs Android OS and will feature the popular Android market. It’s awesome to see yet another non-phone Android based gadget coming to the market, isn’t it?
Full Specs of Neofonie WePad Tablet:
– Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor
– 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 display
– Intel GMA 3150 graphics
– Two USB ports, Webcam
– 3-in-1 memory card reader
– Multimedia support: flash and java support
– Up to 6 hours battery life
– HSDPA connectivity
– Runs on Google’s own Android OS
– Has access to the Android Market and the WePAD App Store
Unfortunately at this moment there is no information about its price or release date. However, based on the specs of the WePad and the name, it’s clear that Neofonie wants to compete with the iPad and on paper, this certainly looks like a legitimate iPad contender. Android is a robust OS, and this expansive display will allow a lot more action to be shown on-screen. We’re guessing it’ll be out in a few months, but who knows how many people will hold off from Apple’s offering for that long. Let’s wait and watch!