With no major launches or announcement, rumors and leaks dominated the tablet news this week.
Those holding out for a Samsung Galaxy Tab received some disappointing news suggesting the potential iPad killer may cost $399 subsidized with a two-year Sprint agreement, and $599 without an agreement. Also, Verizon’s CEO promised half a dozen smartphones and tablets” with 4G data speeds by mid-2011. Could one of them be the LG tablet the company delayed indefinitely, presumably in hopes of launching a device with Android 3.0?
So what else happened? Let’s take a look:
Leaked Photos Do Not Show Second-Generation iPad
Apple iPad photos showing the device with dual dock connectors, one for portrait and one for landscape mode, found their way online to the Mission: Repair Blog, suggesting the next-gen iPad will be dockable for both screen orientations. However, Engadget threw cold water on the rumors with a report that the photos showed off an early iPad prototype from the current-generation model.
Bugs Force BlackBerry from Christmas Tablet Launch
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will not be available in time for the holiday season because RIM’s tablet OS, a QNX Neutrino operating system, simply isn’t ready. Also, its original Marvell Armada 610 processor plagued the device with bugs, which is why RIM swapped it for a Texas Instruments chipset. This, according to analysts Rodman & Renshaw, as reported by Barron’s.
Apple iPad to Hold Half the Market
The Apple iPad may hold on to 50 percent of the tablet market despite increased competition from Android tablets– and Apple certainly will not sink to 20% or 30% of the market as Acer’s chairman J.T. Wang recently stated — J.P. Morgan Mark Moskowitz claimed. The analyst’s statement, as reported by AllThingsDigital, also added that iPad sales could be somewhere around 22.2 million through the next year, assuming his prediction holds true and the tablet market grows to 45 or 50 million units, as Moskowitz predicts. “The iPad’s sales momentum out of the gate has been unprecedented for a new product, and there appears to be no boundaries to the use case for the device, meaning the adoption curve could remain steep beyond the near term,” he said.
Fujitsu Shows Windows 7 Tablet Prototypes
Fujitsu displayed two Windows 7 tablet prototypes at CEATEC this week. Engadget snapped some photos of the devices, which proved to be in the early stages as they sat behind protective glass and had stickers for screens.
Microsoft Working on Tablet Friendly Windows 7 UI?
Abounding rumors have it that Microsoft is developing a software layer for its Windows 7 tablets, ZDnet reports. The rumors indicate that the computing giant may provide an option touch-friendly interface to developers as a means of making Windows 7 suitable for touch navigation and provide consistent interface across different devices.
HTC Sitting Back on Tablet Game
CEO of HTC Corp. Peter Chou declined comment on the possibility of an Android tablet from the company in early 2011, FocusTaiwan reports. Chou said that the tablet market has grown increasingly crowded and therefore less appealing to join. Chou estimated that nearly 100 companies will launch eReaders or tablets at CES 2011.