January 8 2010|07.19 AM UTC

Erik Chang

CES 2010: The Age of Tablet PC

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Move over netbooks (as I’m typing this on my ancient Lenovo S10), it’s the age of tablets — at least, according to what’s heavily seen on the show floor of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

Apple’s iSlate Tablet in March 2010?

(picture via gizmodo)

Though obviously absent from the showroom floors, Apple’s iSlate has been heavily discussed on the web and is expected (or at least according to the rumors) to make a showing in March 2010.  One move that will surely further differentiate the iSlate will be Apple’s decision to go with a processor from their recently acquired CPU development house P. A. Semi, in lieu of the popular Intel Atom lineups.  It would be very interesting to see how the purportedly ~$1,000 tablet matches up compare to some of the soon-to-arrive cheaper alternatives.

Notion Ink Adam Smartpad

(picture via slashgear)

Weighting at 1.7 lbs and powered by nVidia’s Tegra T20.  The Android-based e-reader/hybrid tablet  will be able to run 1080HD videos without issue, sports integrated WiFi along with 3G via UMTS/HSDPA.  Feature of note is the Pixel Qi display which will make this 10.1″ tablet a contender in the battery lifespan category. The price for the Adam is expected to be around $400.

Lenovo Ideapad U1 Notebook / Tablet

Boring.  Yet another CULV notebook with Windows 7, SSD, etc. etc. — until you freaking detach the notebook and turn it into a 11.6″ tablet powered by a 1 Ghz Snapdragon ARM CPU (also found in Google’s Nexus One) with 16GB of SSD HD.  Once detached, the base of the notebook becomes a 3G wireless hub for the tablet.  This hybrid tablet is expected to ship around June and price is expected to be less than $1,000.

Hewlett-Packard Multi-touch Tablet

Demoed by Steve Ballmer during the keynote, the HP tablet sports an accelerometer, runs on Windows 7, and of course, supports multi-touch gestures.  With expected ship date of mid-2010 and priced at around $500, the HP tablet is anticipated to be the defining machine for the common mainstream, mid-range tablets.

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