Posted Jul 7, 2010 in Tech | 0 Comments

Look out iPad, the Quebecers are coming

At the same time and shortly after the iPad launch announcements, a great number of small and large manufacturers announced their own versions of tablet computers. One of the these is the ExoPC – Slate, made by the company of the same name (ExoPC) from Rimouski, Quebec. However, unlike the others ExoPC is the closest to bringing a viable product to market. The ExoPC – Slate runs on Windows 7 but it does have a custom built interactive interface. The large 11.6 inch multi-touch display takes up the majority of the tablet’s surface leaving some room for a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera, so we can enjoy face to face Skype calls on it. The downside is that the device is only supposed to have a battery life of roughly 5 hours on a single charge.

Can it be called an iPad look alike?  The ExoPC boasts a powerful 1.66 GHz Intel Atom with 64 bit support while the iPad A4 clocks only 1 GHz. It can be said that since Windows 7 does require more resources then Apple’s iPhone OS the speed and user experience will be similar, however we’ll only be able to find this out when we’ll put the ExoPC – Slate through testing. The story of the tortoise and the hare comes to mind, can the ExoPC live up to it?

ExoPC is supposed to be released later this year for $599, and as soon as we get our hands on one we’ll review it for you. One thing is for sure, just the idea of a very solid and user friendly Windows 7-based tablet is enough to get our gadget-driven blood going. Hope we’ll get to enjoy!!

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