With almost 100 tablets expected to be launched at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 2011 is set to be the year of the tablet device. Computer Weekly rounds up the latest tablet announcements from CES 2011.
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The new 10-inch Toshiba tablet, which runs Google's Android Honeycomb operating system will debut this week. The 1.7lb (770g) tablet uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 mobile processor and features front- and rear-facing cameras, access to an apps store and Wi-Fi internet connection. The name and price is still to be decided on by the PC-maker.
Motion has introduced its first small form factor, rugged tablet PC running on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.
The 10-inch, touchscreen tablet features Intel's core i7 or core i5 vPro technology to improve battery life. Motion said the tablet was designed to integrate into business environments, being able to run existing enterprise applications to lower the cost of deployment.
"René Torres, director of marketing, netbook and tablet group at Intel, said, "With the power and performance of our upcoming 'Oak Trail' Intel Atom processor, along with the mobility and durability of the CL900, Motion is delivering an ideal productivity tool for workers on the move,"
The Motion device is expected to be available before June 2011.
Motorola Droid Xoom
According to internet reports, Motorola's new tablet PC will be called Droid Xoom and will be unveiled before the end of the week. It is expected to run on the Honeycomb version of Google's Android operating system and feature a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor as well as 32GB flash storage memory.
Lenovo LePad slate
Lenovo showed off its IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate.
The 10.1-inch HD tablet features a hybrid dual mode to allow users to switch between two different operating systems: Android when mobile and Windows 7 when docked in the U1 base. Built on Android 2.2, it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and expected to be available in China during the first quarter of 2011.
Asus Eee Slate EP121
One of four tablet devices previewed by Asus at this year's CES, Asus's 12.1in Eee Slate EP121 tablet PC features an Intel core i5 processor, 64GB of flash storage and 4GB of memory as well as Flash 10.1 support and Windows 7 Home Premium. All models have a mini-HDMI port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports and a 2-megapixel camera.
Other tablets introduced by Asus included the Eee Pad, Eee Pad Memo and Eee Pad Slider. Details on UK pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed.
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