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Italian company Olivetti unveils Android tablet duo with pen input and quad-core Tegra 3

March 19, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu



Even though US technology enthusiasts usually tend to ignore gadgets manufactured by European companies (and they are in most cases right to do so), there are those isolated special cases when some products unveiled on the ‘’Old Continent’’ deserve attention.

Two such products might be the OliPad Graphos and OliPad Tegra 3, a tablet duo unveiled by Italian computer manufacturer Olivetti. With more than one hundred years of history in Italy, Olivetti has started manufacturing tablets in 2011 and, after a couple of not very special gadgets, they might have found the magic formula.

The OliPad Tegra 3 will most likely be Olivetti’s star in the coming months, being powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Sporting a 10-inch IPS panel with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, the OliPad Tegra 3 seems like a winner on paper.

Aside from the fact that it will come with lots of power under the hood and a pretty nice screen, the 10-incher is also set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and feature NFC and optional 3G. Of course, there will also be WiFi connectivity, while the RAM, on-board storage and rest of the technical details are still kept secret.

The second Olivetti tablet to be unveiled today (or rather leaked, because the company is yet to announce something official) is called the OliPad Graphos and will sport an 8-inch screen. The Graphos will not be as snappy as its bigger brother, but it will come with stylus support, as well as Android ICS and a very sleek design.

Set to weigh in at around 600 grams (1.32 pounds), the Graphos, as well as the OliPad Tegra 3, is set to hit the Italian market before summer. No words on pricing just yet and we have no idea whether the tablet duo will be made available in the rest of the Europe or in the US, but, if they will look as good in reality as they sound in theory, I don’t see why the gadgets shouldn’t hit markets outside Italy as well.