Paranoid Android: NEC to sell Android tablet to take on iPad/iPhone

16 Feb 2011

NEC Corp of Japan has announced plans to begin selling a mini-netbook based on Google Inc’s Android O/S and featuring a keyboard, as it looks to take on the might of Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices in a market where demand for tablet devices is exploding. From 10 March, Tokyo-based NEC is launching seven models onto the market and aims to sell 100,000 units in the first year. NEC manager Toshihiro Watanabe is quoted as saying that the clamshell-type devices will start retailing from about JPY40,000 (USD479). NEC’s LifeTouch devices will compete against the iPad, the cheapest version of which sells for JPY48,800 in Japan, and Samsung’s Galaxy which typically costs between JPY40,000 and JPY50,000.

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