Italy’s first tablet computer was launched today as Olivetti introduced their OliPad tablet. This is the company’s first advent into a market about which it is forecasted that more than 1.5 million units will be sold in Italy alone in the year 2011. The OliPad has a design which suits both business and consumer customers and offers features like 3G and WiFi connectivity on its 10 inch touchscreen display panel. The tablet boasts of a very strong application base with many apps coming pre-installed on the device and thousands more available on the app market. These applications add a plethora of functionalities to the tablet such as social networking, surfing the web and accessing multimedia on the internet along with full HD playback of videos. The date for the launch of the OliPad in the market is set to be 7th March and it will cost 399 Euros.
The launch of the OliPad is a signal being sent by Olivetti which shows that the company is trying to reposition itself on the market of IT services and software solutions, earlier being famous for its typewriters. It will run on the Android platform and features convenient options such as extendible memory through SD cards, USB and HDMI ports to add to its connectivity options. The processor, a Dual Cortex A9 with Tegra 2, gives more than average results on graphics performance and processing speed benchmarks. A number of accessories will be compatible with the OliPad such as docking stations, touch mice, keyboards and a capacitive pen. The pre-installed apps on the device offer the basic functionality features which include accessing media files like images, music and full HD videos. Also added are a web browser, calendar, contacts management services, an e-mail manager and e-book reading software which natively supports a large variety of formats.