updated 05:35 pm EDT, Wed May 19, 2010
Hanvon thinks B10 an iPad killer
Hanvon took a dig at Apple on Wednesday at the Beijing launch of its first tablet, the B10. The company's CEO and a fellow executive smashed an apple-shaped ice block in confidence that its Windows 7 tablet would improve on the iPad. The B10 shares the roughly 10-inch display size but is counting on the use of a desktop OS to draw customers away from grey market imports into Hanvon's native China.
In practice, the B10's advantages aren't as clear, since it will use a 1.3GHz ULV Celeron and Intel graphics that may preclude HD video. Hanvon's tablet will have notebook-level behavior with a 250GB hard drive and expansion that includes USB ports and mini HDMI, but it will also be over half a pound heavier than the iPad and muster battery life as short as 3.5 hours.