As the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show at Las Vegas gains traction, reports confirm that a slew of laptops will inundate the conference. Most of the launches were due at the end of 2010 but the delay can be attributed to the delay in the launch of Android version Honeycomb, which is touted to be more suited for tablets. While reports suggest that the iPad 2 will arrive in April, most of the companies will take the plunge at the CES to test the market before iPad comes with serious competition.
Here is a list of upcoming tablets at the CES with their specifications that have surfaced thus far:
The maker of the popular Droid X smartphone is reported to launch an Android 3.0 codenamed Honeycomb-based tablet. It is touted to be the first tablet that will run on Verizon's LTE (4G) network. Google's VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, had flashed a prototype of an Android tablet by Motorola at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in the first week of December. The flashed tablet from the Motorola house is surmised to be the Stingray, and was earlier reported by Engadget that it would sport a 10-inch display, will have 16 GB internal memory with hardware which can accommodate Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE network speed. The tablet will be powered by a NVIDIA dual core 3D processor and has video chat.
A report by The New York Times stated that Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is due to unveil a slew of tablets built by Dell and Samsung and other manufacturers at CES. The sources revealed that the tablet will be powered by Windows 7 OS. The sources also said that Microsoft could showcase tablets and other devices running on its new OS Windows 8. In July, Microsoft had revealed names of vendors that had promised Windows 7 slates this year which included top names like Sony, Dell, ASUS, Panasonic, Onkyo, Toshiba, MSI, Samsung, Lenovo and Fujitsu, said an Engadget report.
Lenovo's director of Global Marketing Nick Reynolds confirmed that Lenovo will launch two tablets at the CES. The launch includes Android powered LePad. The LePad was due to arrive by the end of 2010 but the launch was postponed for the next version of Android to arrive. Lenovo had showcased a hybrid tablet laptop IdeaPad U1 in January 2010. The laptop had detachable tablet which was powered by Linux while the laptop ran on Windows. The tablet sported an 11.6-inch screen and was powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The 1.6 pound tablet was priced at $1,000.
LG is due to showcase an 8.9-inch Android Honeycomb-based tablet at the CES. The tablet will be powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 chip. LG had announced in October that it will not launch its Android 2.2 or Froyo-powered tablet this year as it awaits a more robust tablet-based Android OS compared to Froyo. LG had announced in July its plans to launch a tablet as part of a package of 10 smart devices by year-end. In June LG had showcased a prototype of a tablet named UX10 which sported a 10.1-inch display, with 1GB RAM and was powered by Atom Z350 processor. LG UX10 donned a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 120GB hard drive and was powered by Windows 7 OS.
WSJ reported that Toshiba is due to launch a tablet with a screen size that measures 10.1-inch diagonally. The tablet will run on Android-Honeycomb and will be priced around $499 to $829. It sports a 2 MP front facing camera and 5MP rear camera. The tablet will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and will be capable of handling 1080p videos. The tablet will weigh 1.7 pounds.
Taiwanese computer maker Asustek is reported to launch two tablets at the CES, PCWorld reported. It has a tablet with a 10-inch screen with a sliding keyboard up its sleeve. The tablet will run on Android, also there is another tablet in the fray which will have a removable keyboard and will run on Windows juice. ASUS had launched its Eee Pad121 in May, a tablet that sported a 12-inch screen and runs on Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS. It was priced between $399 and $499.
Foxnews reported last month that HP plans to launch three webOS-based tablets at the CES. All three versions of the tablets will run on webOS. One of the retail versions of PalmPad is due to sport 9.7-inch LCD screen and will weigh about 1.25 pounds. It sports both a front-facing and rear camera with 1.3 MP and 3 MP capacities respectively. The university edition tablet is due to sport a 9.7-inch tablet. HP launched a Windows 7-based tablet HP Slate 500 last year.
Vizio, the maker of low-cost LCD TVs, is reportedly planning to launch an Android tablet at CES. The Via tablet will have an 8-inch display and WiFi wireless connectivity, reports said.
Acer showcased a slew of tablets in November with 10-inch and 7-inch display forms. The Windows 7 tablet is reported to come in February. It will be powered by an AMD processor and will have a docking keyboard transforming it into a laptop. It will also showcase a 1.3 MP front-facing and rear camera. The Android tablets include a 10.1-inch and 7-inch tablets which will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip and dual-core Qualcomm chip respectively.
Archos is due to launch two tablets Archos 28 and 32 at the CES. The pocket-sized tablets will sport 8GB of storage and are priced at $99.99 and $129.99 for the 28 and 32 versions respectively. The products measure 3.9x2.1x0.35 inches (Archos 28) and 4.1x2.1x0.3 inches (Archos 32).
Japanese firm Onkyo announced two Android-powered tablets that will run on NVIDIA's 1GHz 2450 processor and will come under the moniker SlatePad. The tablets will sport a 10.1-inch screen with 1024x600 resolutions. Other specs include 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR wireless networking, microSD expansion slot, 1.3 megapixel front-facing webcam, USB 2.0 Connectivity, and HDMI output. The tablets differ from each other on the base of memory with variants coming in 512 MB RAM and 8GB flash storage and other with 1GB of RAM and 16 GB flash storage.