It was only a matter of time. Windows 7, in all of its multitouch-capable glory, has finally found its way onto a next-generation tablet PC. The X9 has a 10.1" touchscreen, runs Windows 7, and comes from Chinese manufacturer Cool Rui. Shanzai.com had a chance to get a sneak peak at the tablet, and they've got a whole bunch of photos of it in action. There's no confirmed date for the X9's US release, but it is expected to launch here.
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The X9's screen is billed as dust, scratch, and fire resistant. It can support a pixel resolution of 1024 x 600, and runs with an Atom 270 processor. The chipset is a standard 945GS, and the tablet also packs 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. The X9 sports a card reader and 3 USB slots as well. This gadget will have 3G support AND a SIM slot. To cap things off, there's also a 1.3 MP camera.
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A dark, dirty part of me wants to buy this, grab a data plan from Verizon, hook up a Bluetooth earpiece, and use this thing as an oversized smartphone. Skype+Google Voice should make this gadget at least the equal of any smartphone out there. Of course, the X9 won't fit in my pocket, but that's really a rather minor issue.