Microsoft has predicted that the tablet PC will replace most notebook PCs within five years and has invested heavily in the development of a pen-based input system that is a key feature of the Tablet PC version of Windows XP, set for launch on 7 November.
Measuring 22mm thick and weighing 1.35kg, Legend's tablet PC incorporates a 12.1-inch TFT-LCD screen - slightly larger than those offered on tablet PCs from companies such as Acer and Fujitsu - and is based on an Intel 866MHz Mobile Pentium III processor.
The device, which can run for four hours on a fully charged battery, will ship with a 20Gbyte hard disk drive, 128Mbytes of RAM, one IEEE.1394 port and two USB 1.1 ports.
Legend's Tablet PC will be based on the simplified Chinese version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and will be for sale only in mainland China. Pricing has not yet been decided.
Legend's Tablet PC is one of around 20 similar devices that will be launched when Microsoft introduces Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.