Is this an iPad killer?

The WePad is shaping up to the be the most interesting of the iPad competitors. First off, it has all those things that some people are knocking the iPad for leaving out, like USB, an SD slot, (true) multitasking, Flash, and Adobe AIR. It’s got good-looking hardware too, but what might be a surprising selling point is the Linux-based operating system. And it also brings tech enthusiasts what everyone has been wanting all along, an Android vs. iPhone tablet battle!

In the video below the user is able to plug a mouse into the USB slot on the device. Super useful? Not one bit, but it does show the versatility of the WePad as well as some of the potential it has for the future. The grid-based UI might not be for everyone, but personally I think it looks quite good. Maybe a bit more technical than some people are looking for from their tablet, but just the sort of thing for geekier users.

According to the the WePad has an 11.6-inch, 1366×768 display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 16/32GB storage, 1.3MP webcam, 2x USB slots, a card reader, SIM card slot, and about a 6 hour battery life. It has Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n, and GPS in the 3G model. The WePad weighs 800g (850g for the 3G) and measures 288 x 190 x 13mm. The starting price is 449 € (US$675) for the 16GB and 569 € (US$770) for the 32GB with GPS.

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