Judging by the news leaking out of Vegas, where manufacturers are putting the final touches on their CES plans, tablets will dominate the consumer-tech discussion in early 2011. And it seems Asus, LG, and Samsung will be jockeying for a mention.
Fresh off the Windows 7 EP121 tablet PC reveal, a batch of stills revealing at least one other Asus Eee Pad set to drop at CES have leaked out of Taiwan. Details are scant regarding the seemingly ultra-thin device, and the tablet in the photos doesn’t resemble the Eee Pads revealed at Computex 2010 more than six months ago. In fact, it’s not clear that these photos are all of the same device.
Judging from the pics, at least one of the new Asus Eee Pads is almost certainly a convertible tablet. It features a Chiclet-style keyboard, USB port, rubberized and textured back, webcam and a glossy display in an aluminum frame. Also, there appears to be at least two buttons on the display that are similar to those found on Android devices. Will Asus unveil the first Android convertible in Vegas?
Galaxy Tab and Optimus Pad at CES
LG has been teasing an Android tablet since at least IFA (and a Windows 7 tablet since Computex), when a sneaky shutterbug snapped a photo of a presentation slide revealing the “Optimus Pad” at a pre-show event. Perhaps the Optimus Pad will make an appearance at CES.
It will, according to the Koreatimes, which is reporting that the Korean mobile and display maker will unveil its first tablet computer, which will run Android Honeycomb. The tablet will sport an 8.9-inch touch screen.
Buried in the same article is a report that Samsung, also headquartered in Korea, will unveil a “newer version of the Galaxy Tab at CES.”
Galaxy Tab 2, Really?
TabletPCReview thinks that while Samsung will ultimately release a next-generation Galaxy Tab, almost certainly running Android Honeycomb and quite possibly sporting a Tegra 2 processor, it won’t be at CES. The Galaxy Tab has only been on sale in the States since November, and any next-generation Galaxy Tab news will be buried along with the dozens of other tablets announced at the event and the inevitable iPad 2 launch expected for early 2011. Samsung squeezed the Galaxy Tab launch for all it was worth last Fall, slowly releasing details, launch dates, and carrier information. TPCR expects the company to do the same with the Galaxy Tab 2 when the time comes.
In fact, the world is still waiting on the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab promised by Samsung at the official unveiling late last summer, and CES is the perfect venue to generate a few headlines with the launch. TabletPCReview bets that is what the report means by “newer version of Galaxy Tab.”
As for LG, a Honeycomb tablet may also be in its future. However, all reports indicate that Google worked exclusively with Motorola on developing Honeycomb and the Honeycomb tablet. TPCR will be at CES and has an exclusive booth tour scheduled. If there is an LG Honeycomb tablet, we’ll be sure to get our hands on it.
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