Although Apple's confirmation that it will launch iOS 5 and iCloud at WWDC has stolen the thunder from the ongoing Computex Taipei trade show where quite a few gadgets, which could give the iconic iPad 2 a run for its money, were revealed.
It has been raining tablets but the most impressive or the unique tablet of the lot is Asustek's Padfone. The tablet phone combination comes in a 10.1-inch tablet dock and a 4.3-inch smartphone. The tablet by itself does not have any computing power. The tablet comes alive when the phone is docked to the tablet. The tablet sports a screen, extended battery life, speakers and I/O extender.
Also in the run is Acer's 10-inch tablet which brings to life MeeGo OS - the Intel-Nokia child. The tablet will optimize Intel's Atom chip.
Intel revealed some strategic plans at the trade show as it outlined plans to introduce the Ultrabook category of processors. These chips will power ultra-thin laptops measuring 20mm less in thickness and will bring tablet-like features on the notebook. Acer's UX21 mimics this concept as the laptop is about 17mm at its thickest point.
Intel has taken cue from the ultra-thin Apple MacBook Air which was launched in Oct. 2010. Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models, the laptops weigh 2.3 pounds and 2.9 pounds respectively. The 11-inch model measures quite thin, 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest. Both the models use a solid state flash storage.
While the Apple event on June 6 is all about software, Computex reveals OEMs have taken Apple's slimmer, thinner and faster mantra to heart as revealed by the plethora of devices showcased at the trade fair.
Here are pictures of some of the devices showcased at Computex Taipei trade fair: