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New Images & Extended Videos Leak of Microsoft iPad Rival

Gordon Kelly

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Various scraps surrounding the Microsoft 'Courier' project have been floating around the Interweb since September, but now we've got more and it looks like the iPad should be worrying...

Engadget has managed to scoop some exclusive photos and an extended video of the Courier and also some new info. Key points are that the so-called 'booklet' form factor is being described internally as a 'digital journal' and will be ultra portable, weighing under 1lb (450g) and will be little bigger than a 5 x 7in photo when closed.

Interestingly, the internals should also pack some grunt being based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset while a multi-touch display will support handwriting recognition and the whole shebang runs on an OS derived from the same code behind Windows Phone 7 Series and the Zune HD. On top of this will be an integrated camera, headphone jack and the dual screen design will also mean it will serve as Microsoft's own entry into the eBook reader market.

A Q3/Q4 timeframe has been put on the Courier (though no pricing) and if it all sounds a little too good to be true then, I must admit, I share some of your cynicism. Then again, if you'd said Microsoft could jump from Windows Mobile 6.5 to Windows Phone 7 Series I'd have also laughed you out of the room. So here's hoping...

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via Engadget

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