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NEC has taken the wraps off its entry into the Android tablet - sorry, "cloud communicator" - arena.

Said gadget is branded the LifeTouch, and it goes on sale at the end of the month. NEC said it is aiming the "cloud communicator" - don't mention the T word - at big business, but since it also lists "electronic books, home services, e-shop, entertainment, etc." among the LifeTouch's "expected uses", we figure it's hoping individuals will step up to the plate too.

The ARM A8-powered gadget features a non-glossy 7in, 480 x 800 display with a "retina touch panel", which might mean it's capacitive or might not, but the mention that it's "pen operable" suggests it's resistive. Likewise the plethora of controls on the front.

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iPad simple it's not.

The tablet contains 384MB of Ram but seemingly no storage - you need SDHC cards for that. It has two USB 2.0 ports - one big, one mini - 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 3MP camera, and GPS.

It runs Android 2.1.

NEC claimed the 220 x 120 x 14mm, 370g tablet's battery is good for eight hours' continuous usage.

NEC announced the LifeTouch in Japan, so we'll have to wait and see whether the device makes it over here - or is cheap enough, given the resistive screen, to compete with the low-cost tablets coming in from China. ®

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