Neofonie formally announced the WePad at a press conference today. I haven't been paying attention to the WePad because I thought it was just another tablet. It turns out that I was wrong.
This tablet might be a serious alternative to the iPad. It has a 11"screen, Intel Atom CPU, 16GB Flash, Wifi, Flash, runs Android. It has all the features that the iPad is missing: USB, SD card, webcam, microphone, and more. Neofonie is based in Germany, so we're probably not going to see the WePad in the US anytime soon. But we do know that it will be up for pre-order on 27 April with a retail of 449 €.
I think this could be a serious alternative not because of the hardware specs, becuase it comes with Flash, Android Marketplace, but because Neofonie is promoting it as as a magazine reader. It's the flagship platform for WeMagazine, their new publishing and distribution system. I think WeMagazine has potential because it's not just for the WePad, but is targeted at all tablets, smart phones, and desktops.
Specs and a video after the break
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:
"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."