Arriving slightly later than originally planned when it was first unveiled in June, the NEC LifeTouch tablet has officially been launched in Japan, hitting its home market by the end of this month for a yet to be announced price. The device originally stood out for its interesting and original minimalist design and impressive specs including a 7-inch WVGA resistive touch screen, ARM Cortex-A8 CPU (clockspeed unspecified), 384MB of DDR RAM, b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, optional 3G, a rear-facing 3MP camera, built-in GPS and accelerometer, support for SD/SDHC cards, Android 2.1 OS, and a battery life of 8 hours. Considering that it was also marketed as a "cloud communicator" aimed at businesses, I'm guessing that NEC will be supporting the tablet with a range of cloud-based services and features, although exact details are unknown.
The team over at Akihabara News had some hands-on time with the device and were left impressed with its customized Android interface and good hardware design. As originally expected, it looks like the LifeTouch will only be available in Japan for the foreseeable future. For our readers outside Japan, would you be interested in purchasing an NEC LifeTouch if a specialist importer like Conics or Dynamism picked it up?[NEC via Akihabara News]