A French computer maker has added another combatant in what has become a war between Apple’s iPad and the netbooks. Similar to the HP Slate, the ExoPC is a new tablet form factor netbook, featuring 8.9″ of multitouch goodness. It looks similar to the iPad, though most tablets in this field are probably going to have the same characteristic bevel layout.
This is a full-fledged netbook, minus the keyboard. Specs are standard: Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, 32 GB SSD w/ expandable SD slot. Naturally, the ExoPC will be running Windows 7, allowing for a much more functional if not visually pleasing environment than the modified iPhone OS. This also allows ExoPC to promise “the web without compromise,” a reference undoubtedly pointed towards the iPad’s lack of flash support.
There is one place where the ExoPC shows some weakness, and that’s in the battery life department. At only 4 hours, it lacks the godly battery life that we have come to expect from netbooks, but it is at least user replaceable. Still at $599 and release date in March it is placing itself as a direct competitor to its iPad counterpart.