BenQ to Launch R100 Tablet PC in Early 2011

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Taiwanese consumer electronics vendor BenQ plans to launch its first tablet PC in China and Taiwan during the first quarter of 2011, a company representative confirmed Wednesday.

The R100 tablet boasts a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution and runs Google's Android mobile OS. It also has an ARM-based processor made by Samsung Electronics that runs at 833MHz, according to information provided by BenQ.

With the R100, BenQ will join the ranks of other companies around the world putting out tablet PCs to compete with Apple's iPad. BenQ hopes to sell the R100 in content deals that pair the device with reading material such as books, or magazine and newspaper subscriptions.

The company said the R100's battery can run for up to 12 hours when the device is being used for reading. It can also be used for note-taking because users can write on the touchscreen with a stylus, in English or Chinese, both simplified and traditional characters.

The R100 will come with 8GB of internal storage as well as an SD slot able to handle up to 16GB SD cards. BenQ added mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports to the device as well as a 3.5-millimeter earphone jack.

It works with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth wireless data transfer protocol.

The R100 is 15mm thick and is 191mm by 244mm in size. It weighs 720 grams.

BenQ has not yet set a price for the R100 and a company representative said pictures would be available when the device is officially launched.

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