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X2390: The tablet has landed

It's tablet day and anticipation has reached fever pitch ahead of Apple's expected launch -- and we have an early announcement to reveal

The speculation, rumour and innuendo has reached fever pitch and tablet day is finally upon us. Without further ado, we're excited to present: the X2390 tablet PC! Er, hang on, something isn't quite right...

It takes enormous cojones or a keen sense of humour to launch a product on the very day Apple is set to finally debut its hotly anticipated take on that very same product. This announcement comes from X2, specialist in rugged mobile computing solutions and equally rugged comic timing.

Inside the X2390 is an Intel Atom processor Z530 clocked at 1.6GHz running Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, XP Professional or Linux.

The X2390 boasts an 8.9-inch TFT LCD touchscreen. It's resistive, so no multi-touch, but you can use a stylus. The standard version offers 300 nit of brightness -- that's 300 candela per square metre, measurement-unit fans. There's also a super-bright version for outdoor workers like lumberjacks and volcano-lair sentries.

If the expected Apple tablet will be like something out of Star Trek -- all sleek lines and clean curves -- with its spiked corners and rubber casing, the X2390 is more like Mad Max. It'll take the knocks of an outdoor life, with an IP54 rating certifying it dust-proof, drop-proof and splash-proof. If the number of cracked iPhones we've been through is any indication, the fabled iTablet won't be anywhere near as 'ard.

The X2390 is first in a line of tablets sized from 5 to 11 inches. X2 offers options including 3G, magnetic stripe and RFID readers, and a 3-megapixel camera with auto-focus and exposure. Take that, Jobsy.

Right, today's major tablet news done. Keep it Crave from 6pm to see if Apple can top that.