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The time difference means that Japanese users will get their hands on Tablet PCs before those in the US, where it will go on sale the same day.
Microsoft has announced eight hardware makers for the Japan launch. They are Toshiba, NEC, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Sotec, Paceblade Technology, Viewsonic and Acer. The latter three companies are new names to the list of hardware makers that will sell Tablet PCs in Japan, although they have been previously named by Microsoft in the US.