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Olivetti announces Italy's first Android Tablet: the OliPad 100


March 9, 2011

Olivetti has announced Italy's first entry into the tablet market - the Android-based OliPad 100

Olivetti has announced Italy's first entry into the tablet market - the Android-based OliPad 100

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My very first electronic typewriter was made by Olivetti. It was a sturdy beast and quite the reliable performer. So, it's good to see that the Telecom Italia-owned company is keeping up with the times as it announces the release of Italy's first tablet computer – the OliPad 100. The 10-inch Android tablet is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform, has Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, and sports SD card expansion if its 16GB of onboard memory proves to be too restrictive.

The stylish new OliPad 100 runs on Android 2.2, has a 10-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen display, is 0.54-inch (13.9 mm) thick, comes with full high definition video playback support, and access to a dedicated App Shop for consumers and Application Warehouse for businesses. It's powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1GHz, which is supported by 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

There's a 1.3 megapixel webconferencing camera, G-sensor, ambient light sensor, 1W stereo speakers and a Lithium-polymer battery rated at 3650mAh/7.4V. In addition to USB 2.0 and mini-USB connectivity, the OliPad 100 also has a proprietary docking port for hooking up to the optional docking station, which sports a couple of USB 2.0 ports and HDMI 1.3.

The OliPad 100 is on sale now via Telecom Italia's sales network for EUR399 (US$554).

Clearly pleased with its new baby, Olivetti has set a target of shifting 1.5 million units in its home country over the next year.

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Paul Ridden While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag. All articles by Paul Ridden

Would have wanted to try it if it ran android 3.0

Richie Suraci

Damn dude, you owned a typewriter ?...

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