It's Computex time again, and much of the talk is of tablets -- or "iPad killers" as we are now obliged to call them. Taipei is hosting a raft of tablet and slate announcements from Asus, Nvidia, MSI, ICD, and Amtek. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if Apple should be worried.
Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention PowerPoint prank...
Sylvie Barak reports from Computex:
The massive Taipei electronics expo is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year ... with over 1715 vendors spread across 5,000 booths. ... NVIDIA’s CEO Jen Hsun Huang was all a-flutter over tablets. ... several firms are set to announce Tegra 2 based [tablets]. ... MSI unveiled two similar tablets ... a Windows 7 Intel Atom powered tablet ... [and] an Android version running on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor.
Innovative Converged Devices ... is showing off its Vega tablet ... 15.6 inches ... is more table than tablet ... reckons the device will be particularly useful in the kitchen. ... AMtek is also showing off a few. ... The new iTablet models and T23 series will be on display, with “Speed-Lite” models running ... from NVIDIA’s Tegra 2, to Freescale’s 800MHz CPU and Intel Atom Menlow-XL Z530. MORE
Charmian Kok ups her game:
Asustek Computer’s Eee Pad ... is a touchscreen device that will run on Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system and will sell for between $399 and $449 ... [for] a 10-inch and a 12-inch model. ... Unlike Apple’s iPad, it will support Adobe Flash. ... The 12-inch Eee Pad model ... is geared more towards users who still want to create content ... it can be docked on to a physical keyboard.
Tablets unveiled by Acer and Dell are Android-based platforms, and Android may be emerging as an early front runner in the race to catch up with Apple. MORE
Devindra Hardawar opines thuswise:
The Asus EP121 ... marks the first time we’ve seen a ... Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor ... on a tablet. Up until now, they’ve generally been used in the new wave of ultraportables. ... It’s a worthy competitor to Apple’s A4 chip in the iPad. ... Asus boasts a 10-hour battery life.
MSI's ... WindPad 110 tablet ... looks like a stylish option for those holding out for Android-based tablets. MORE
Daniel Ionescu notes an unusual extra announcement:
Asus also demoed the Eee Tablet (not in the Eee Pad family), ... a "digital notebook" featuring an 8-inch black/white TFT LCD, with 64 levels of grey. ... Designed for reading texts and ebooks, as well as taking notes. ... Expected in September for up to $299. MORE
Ray Willington will have more on that ... now:
Rather than using E-Ink like the Kindle or a backlit LCD, ... the EeeTablet splits the difference by using a TFT-LCD that has no backlight. This means that it's still ... black and white ... but it has a far faster refresh rate than the E-Ink based Kindle. MORE
And Dan Ackerman ponders bifurcated brands:
What was surprising to some is that the company is splitting its slate-style devices into two distinct brands. ... The Eee Tablet ... emphasizes note-taking and annotation. ... Describes as "one of the world's most accurate and sensitive digital note taking devices ... gives the user the feel of writing on paper."
[It's] more of a hybrid e-book/entertainment device, as it can play media files ... and also includes a 2MP Webcam, something you won't find on other e-book readers. ... We'd normally be dubious, but Asus is known for often delivering on its forward-looking promises. MORE
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