Now – A ‘WePad’ Too!

“A German company, Neofonie GmbH, has set out to provide WePad, an alternative to the iPad, according to Neofonie’s founder, Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen.

The WePad will boast a Linux-based OS, USB ports, webcam, and Wi-Fi, as well as other features.

The 16-GB edition will cost €449 ($610), and the 32-GB €569 ($773). The more expensive model will include a 3G modem.

There are also hints of cheap, available software. For example, OpenOffice will be the primary office suite, and you may use ‘any application that pleases you’ to play music and video, a clear edge over Apple’s limitation to iTunes.”

Here’s a comparison between the WePad and iPad:

Comparison: WePad vs. iPad

WePad iPad
Display 11,6“ mit 1366 x 768 Pixels, Colour, Multi-Touch 9,7“ mit 1024 x 768 Pixels, Colour, Multi-Touch
Processor 1,66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M 1,0 GHz Apple A4
Memory 16 / 32 GB, Extension with SDHC Card up to 32 GB possible 16 / 32 / 64 GB
Webcam yes (1,3 Megapixel) no
Peripherals 2 x USB integrated, Card reader, Audio output, SIM Card Slot, Multi-Pin Connector Adapter for Camera and Card reader, micro SIM Card Slot
Java / Flash / Adobe AIR yes / yes / yes no / no / no
Applications WePad Meta-Store integrates multiple Stores, Support for native, Java, Linux, Adobe AIR® and Android Apps iTunes AppStore, Support for native Apps (Objective-C)
Multitasking Yes including Live-Information on Home Screen Limited
Battery life ca. 6 h ca. 10 h
Supported eBook Formats ePub, PDF, TXT, Mobipocket, WeBook premium format at Q4/10 ePub, iBooks Store, Launch in Germany unknown
Connections Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), optional 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), optional 3G (UMTS/HSDPA)
GPS yes (Model WePad 3G) yes (Model Wi-Fi + 3G)
Case Magnesium-Aluminium Aluminium
Dimensions 288 x 190 x 13 mm 242,8 x 189,7 x 13,4 mm
Weight 800 g, 850 g (Model 3G) 680 g, 730 g (Modell Wi-Fi + 3G)
Further details Ambient Light Sensor, Acceleration Sensor, Stereo, Internal Microphone Similar
Accessoires Dock, Case and Sleeve, Wireless Keyboard, broad support for standard PC peripherals Keyboard Dock, Dock, Case, Wireless Keyboard, Camera Connection Kit

WePad with 16GB+, WLAN – 449.- €
WePad 3G with 32GB+, WLAN, 3G, GPS – 569.- €
*Subsidy by Media and Telecommunication Partners planned
+ Extension possible with SDHC Cards up to 32 GB

Availability in Germany:
Pre-Ordering: 27th April 2010
Roadshow: May 2010
Soft-Launch: July 2010
Mass Availability: August 2010


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