Las Vegas’ CES Tablet round up

One of the largest consumer electronics show happened last week in Las Vegas, where a great deal of the newest tech gadgets were unveiled – which included all-new tablet devices. Last week, we concentrated on the mobile phone news from the event and the following neatly wraps up all the tablet announcements.

Asus brought out their tablet computers earlier on at CES, with the Eee MeMO, Eee Transformer, Eee Slider and Eee Slate EP121 devices.

The new Asus devices arrive with different screen sizes and different operating systems, with a 12.1-inch screen, two with 10.1-inch displays, a 7.1-inch screen which run either Windows 7 Home Premium or Google Android.   atsb00006

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has a 10.1-inch capacitive screen, with a slide out Qwerty keyboard, a front facing 1.2 megapixel camera with a rear-facing 5MP variant. The  NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor powers the Slider with a GeForce GPU, whilst running from Android 3.0 – with an optional 3G module, for internet access.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer will tip up in a 13mm thin chassis, also with a 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen and the same processor, camera configuration and OS as the Slider. The Transformer takes its name from being able to be docked with a keyboard, which effectively turns the Eee Pad into a laptop with a miniHDMI port.

The ASUS Eee Pad MeMO is the more smaller device, coming in with only a 7.1-inch capacitive touch screen, with a microHDMI socket for 1080p HD video playback whilst ruining from Android 3.0.

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 is the only one of the new tablets to arrive with Windows 7 Home Premium and a large 12.1-inch capacitive touch display – whilst being powered by an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, with 32 or 64GB of storage.

The company ViewSonic expanded their ViewPad range at CES, with a new 4-inch display device and a 10-inch screen tablet.

ViewSonic’s ViewPad 4 is an Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 based 4.1-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen device, running from the Qualcomm MSM 8255 1GHz chipset, with a 5 megapixel camera capable of HD 720p video recording.

The ViewPad 10s has a 10.1-inch 1024×600 capacitive multi-touch screen, based on the Nvidia Tegra 250 1GHz platform with a Cortex-A9 Processor.  There is also a 1.3 megapixel camera, with a 1080p HDMI output and the tablet runs Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2.

Dell unveiled their latest Streak device, building on from the existing 5-inch screen Streak tablet that’s exclusive to O2 in the UK – only with a new product containing a larger screen.

The Dell Streak 7 runs from Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 with Flash support on a 7-inch multi touch screen, which is based around a Corning Gorilla Glass display. The Dell device is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, with access to a 3G network, a front and rear facing camera – that latter of which is 5 megapixels, with HD abilities. XOOM_dyn_L_horiz_YouTube_CES-1

Motorola brought to CES a new tablet device, from the Motorola Mobility company – the mobile phone part of the business that has now spilt from the main part of Moto.

The Motorola Xoom will featured the Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 OS, along with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 16:10 touch screen, a dual core processor, which contains both 3G and WIFI  capabilities, along with a front and rear facing camera.

All the new tablets are of a similar ilk and fairly close in specifications to one another, with only minor differences from device to device that sets themselves apart from each another.

The Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor platform is set to be the common reference build of tablets this year, which delivers ower the devices need for HD media playback, gaming and anything else that requires those extra CPU cycles.

Google’s own mobile Android  operating system is the choice platform too for these new tablets, with reported enhancements being made for Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 to be more large display friendly.

Most of the tablet devices are being launched at staggered stages over this year, where no real confirmed prices have been announced as yet.

The success of the Apple iPad will always be a comparison for these devices to match up against, where time will only tell if the market will be flooded with these large touch screen products or if each one of them will have a welcomed place.

We predicted at the start of the year we will be seeing more tablet products than ever in 2011, from a variety of different manufacturers and we haven’t been proven wrong – with Mobile World Congress just around the corner where we could be seeing even more.

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