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January 27, 2010

Apple tablet beans spilled on Twitter

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by Darren Allan

The Apple tablet will be launched later on today at an event in San Francisco, but the skinny on the device has been written up on Twitter already.

Engadget founder Jason Calacanis has been tweeting happily away about the tablet’s features.

If this isn’t a hoax – and it doesn’t sound like it (it’s a long time until April) – Calacanis says he was given a tablet a week and a half ago.

The features he discusses on his Twitter account include: A built-in HDTV tuner, two cameras (one front, one back), thumbpads for mouse gestures (and fingerprint security!), an OLED display, and a solar pad on the rear for recharging.

He also sings the tablet’s praises when it comes to gaming, calling it “sick” and saying it has “Nintendo Wii level innovation.” The device uses wi-fi to connect to other tablets for networked gaming.

Calacanis also notes that it’s great for reading newspapers, and concludes among all the gushing: “Most of all that this is [the] best gadget ever made and NOT overhyped.”

One thing he didn’t give out, however, is the official name. He did talk pricing though, which will be $599, $699 or $799, depending on the exact size and memory specifications.

Previous sources have reported that it might cost as much as $1000, so that’s another surprise.

It all sounds too good to be true – but we won’t have long to wait to find out. More details as we get them.

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