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But what of Windows 7, which Microsoft claims is more tablet-friendly than ever (at least when used with a stylus)? Several Windows 7 slate-style tablets are on the market now, and these are detailed here. Quite a few more are expected early next year, including Acer's 10in. offering pictured above. Check our coverage of CES in January for more details of the new generation.
But if you must have a Windows 7 tablet for Christmas, examine the following pages to see whether the specs you require are on offer.
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit; Android 1.6 (dual boot) Software n/s Screen size 10in. Screen resolution 1,024 x 600 Input finger-touch Dimensions 27.5 x 17 x 1.45cm Weight 835g CPU Intel Atom N455 Clock speed 1.66GHz RAM 1GB GPU Intel GMA 3150 Video memory shared with system RAM Video acceleration no Internal storage 16GB SSD Storage expansion microSD card slot Ports 2 x USB 2.0, Mini-VGA, power Audio Intel HD audio Audio ports headphone Microphone yes Speakers stereo Camera(s) front (1.3Mpixel) Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 GPS no Mobile broadband non-functional SIM card slot present Battery type li-polymer Battery capacity 3,200mAh Battery life n/s Accessories n/a Availability now Price £429 (inc. VAT)