Exo PC slate hands-on

Why have a tablet PC running a mobile OS (iOS 4 or Android) when you can have one running a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium edition.

That’s the argument you are likely to hear from Exo PC, makers of a new slate/tablet device that is coming out in the very near future.

The new tablet, which Pocket-lint is the first to see in the UK, will sport a very responsive 11.6-inch LCD touchscreen with a 1366 x 768 resolution and be powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Pineview-M N450 processor.

You get 2GB of on-board RAM and storage options of 32GB or 64GB to complete with the Apple iPad.

The rest of the specs read like a mobile phone, complete with Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel forward facing camera for video calling, and an SD card reader so you can add pictures or video from your camera.

For all intents and purposes this is a netbook PC without the keyboard or clamshell design. You can of course just plug in a keyboard and mouse to complete the experience if that’s what you are after.

Which is where the naysayers are probably going to say that you shouldn’t even consider using a user interface that is designed for a mouse and keyboard - Windows 7 we are looking at you.

Funny you should say that, because that’s what the chaps at Exo PC think too and so they’ve created a customised user interface (UI), called the Exo skin, to make the most of that touch screen design.

What that means is you end up with an interface that looks very much like the game Connect 4 (yes you can get this as a game) with apps appearing on buttons ready for you to press - allowing you to quickly and easily access apps, but with the knowledge that there is a fully functioning operating system sitting behind it all including Flash and Quicktime support.

As for price, Exo PC tells us it will be priced exactly the same as the iPad in the UK - that means £499 for the 32GB model and £599 for the 64GB. 

We’ve only just begun our testing in preparation for a more full-on review, but so far it’s very interesting, very interesting indeed.

Look out for our more in depth opinion later in the week.