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Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

At the Intel Keynote, Acer unveiled their latest tablet the ‘Iconia M500' running the ‘MeeGo' operating system. Similar to the Iconia A500 Honeycomb tablet, the M500 boasts of a 10.1inch 1280x800 display. While we don't have any information on the internals of the device, its very presence at the Intel booth confirms the existence of an Intel Atom processor at its heart.

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

The Asus EeePad Memo was shown-off at Computex 2011. It will feature a glass-free 7-inch 1024x600 3D display and will run Google's Android Honeycomb operating system. Interestingly, it will become one of the first mainstream 7-inch tablets to run Google's tablet centric operating system.

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Everyone was expecting Intel to join the Android party and so they have. Intel unveiled their Marco Polo and Carrot Android Honeycomb tablets, both featuring 10-inch displays. Even though Intel was talking about their next generation Medfield platform, both tablets are armed with Intel's current Oak Trail based ‘Atom' processors.

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Everyone was expecting Intel to join the Android party and so they have. Intel unveiled their Marco Polo and Carrot Android Honeycomb tablets, both featuring 10-inch displays. Even though Intel was talking about their next generation Medfield platform, both tablets are armed with Intel's current Oak Trail based ‘Atom' processors.

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Is it a Pad? Is it a Phone? No, it's a Padfone! The Asus PadFone, which was unveiled at Computex 2011, is an amalgamation of a phone and a tablet. It has a phone unit, which cozily cuddles in the tablet portion. The phone basically powers the tablet. The idea behind it is simple - if the user needs a larger screen he/she will attach it inside the tablet and if there is a need for a smaller device, it will be the phone. Pretty neat?

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is probably the closest Honeycomb powered iPad competitor out there. It not only undercuts the iPad at price but transforms into a full-fledged Android netbook once you attach its keyboard dock. It was on display at Computex, alongside the Padfone and the Memo tablets

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Computex has proved to be a veritable tablet fest and the mayhem continued as Viewsonic showed off some Android goodness in the form of a 7-inch tablet. The device will boast of a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 and will be powered by the NVidia Tegra 2 chip.

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Running parallel to Computex was the D9 conference at which Microsoft showcased the next generation of Windows. Coinciding with the sneak peak trailer, a number of chipmakers including Qualcomm, NVidia and Texas Instruments announced Windows 8 based tablets. For the first time, Microsoft will run their flagship operating system on ARM chipsets next to Intel's hardware. This is an event in itself. More importantly, Windows 8 presented the biggest jump in operating system user interface by employing the ‘Windows Phone' like tile interface while maintaining legacy support for older Windows software. Anyone who doubts the magnitude of this announcement, should check out the tasty sneak peak preview of Windows 8!

Computex 2011: Will these tablets take on the iPad?

Ziii Labs, an ODM (Original design manufacturer) for many a major manufactures, also showed design for their 7-inch and 10-inch tablets the Jaguar. The Jaguars will be powered by Android 3.0 honeycomb, but it remains to be seen if these tablets will hit production or will remain design prototypes for manufacturers.

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