For years it had been thought that Apple would announced the 'iTablet', but instead we got the - ridiculously named iPad - so why should anyone pass up such a heavily hyped brand?
Consequently, UK company X2 has finally give the world its 'iTablet' and in the process done what many hoped Apple had planned in the first place: create a tablet with minimal bezel and full desktop OS combined with multi-touch.
The formula couldn't be more simple: the choice of a 10.2in or 12.1in widescreen capacitive display, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Tablet or Linux OSes (so there will be support for Flash and an onscreen keyboard), an Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 250GB of storage using a standard, upgradeable 2.5in HDD, stereo speakers, three USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi and optional HDMI and integrated 3G.
Question marks? Well, despite filling in the majority of obvious gaps in the iPad, the iTablet is still a tablet and therefore 252 x 192 x 35mm and 1.18Kg doesn't make the device any more portable than a netbook and it is far less practical. We also await pricing and battery life info, though can tell you the line will be available in a range of solid and metallic colours including white, grey, pink, blue, red, yellow and black.
In all then, a nice idea but - like all tablets - the good stuff (namely looks and theory), appear to be outweighed by the reality (impractical and little smaller than a netbook or ultraportable). Call it a hunch, but I also suspect the iTablet will be little cheaper. Still, nice try...