Highton 10" Tablet PC Might Be A Competitor (If It Ships)

It's a Tablet PC kind of year in 2010, and as if the iPad's launch wasn't any indication that these things are gaining steam, the onslaught of alternatives from relative no-names should cement the fact in your brain. Just about everyone seems to be coming out with their own tablet these days, and even a company called Highton is getting in on the action.

Surfacing over at eCrater, this 10" tablet PC is slightly larger than the iPad yet slightly smaller than the JooJoo, and it boasts some rather unusual specifications. In fact, this feels more like a netbook than many other tablets out there, but of course, without a keyboard and with a touch panel to navigate. Specifications include a 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, support for Windows XP or Linux, a 1024x600 resolution, 1GB of DDR2 memory (up to 2GB can fit), and a 2.5" hard drive with 160, 250 or 320GB of capacity.

There's also Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output, audio in/out and even a card reader. It's pretty well appointed, but it's thicker than many other tablets. It's also coming from a company that most everyone has no impressions on, and the $359 price tag almost feels too good to be true. But then again, these specs feel a lot like those on the HP Slate, which is going to sell for around $100 or so more whenever it ships. Something tells us these prices will only be getting lower as competition increases.