LAS VEGAS—Tablets were anointed as the star of the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show even before the curtain opened on the show here. Estimates of the total number of tablets being introduced or previewed here range from 25 to more than 50.
Less than a year after Apple Inc. completely redefined the tablet category with the introduction of the iPad, the promised slew of competing products is officially here. Here's a list of six tablets generating buzz on the show floor.
Intel Corp. is showing off a Samsung tablet called Gloria, which features a 10-inch touch screen and a slide out keyboard. The Gloria, which runs Windows 7, is said to be set for release sometime this spring.
I found the Notion Ink tablet really interesting. Unique mix of Sunlight readable E-ink type display & DualCore Tegra 2 CPU.
BTW I have recently tried Ziio tablet in a Creative store. Its was very laggy and had resistive touch screen. Felt like a device from 2005. I dont know why creative bothered to put out this device to market.
I like the slide-out keyboard layout of the Samsung but being right handed would rather have the mouse on the right side. I would also rather have it run Android. Does the Samsung have both slide-out and touch-screen keyboard function as is done in most smartphones with this layout?
This year atleast a 100 companies are launching Android tablets. SO IMO the ASPs of tablets will come down to 200-300$ level by 2012. Even currently some good tablets are selling at 400-500 levels. Checkout the links from my first post.
I wonder how long it will be before Sprint, Verizon, etc. will be offered package deals that include both smartphones/tablets together at a low cost. Seems like a great way to keep the hardware cost factor down and increase network usage revenue.