The rush to bring out touchscreen devices that can take advantage of the finger-friendly interface of the Metro interface on the next version of Windows has begun. 

Quaduro has launched a 12in Windows tablet that it expects to appeal to business users who need the convenience of a familiar Windows interface and access to all their Windows programs and documents in a highly portable 1.1kg device. The 1280x800-pixel capacitive touchscreen tablet is an Intel Mobile D510 1.66GHz dual-core Windows 7 model with 802.11b, g and n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is an optional extra, but 3G and WLAN are preinstalled. Hard disks up to 1TB can be fitted.

It will also be more than capable of running Windows 8, Microsoft's next desktop operating system, which is optimised for tablet use and has a touchscreen interface known as Metro. 

With a base price of £500, Quaduro expects the fully-featured QuadPad 3G Plus tablet to be a popular choice with mobile professionals. A 250GB hard drive is included in the standard specification, with an SSD offered or a more capacious hard disk options available.

A pair of USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port for hooking up the QuadPad to a projector or external monitor, Ethernet and card reader are all included. The tablet measures 270x165x21mm and has a claimed battery life of around six hours.

Pricing will be between £500 and £1,000 depending on the hard disk capacity and configuration options chosen. For more details see