Tablet News Week in Review: Desktop/Tablet Hybrid Revealed and Intel Gets Good News

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The tablet market was relatively calm this week as we await the unveiling of the next generation of Windows and Android tablets, not to mention the iPad, which is due for a refresh. Dell and LG seem like likely candidates to make the next splash. But CES is only two months away, and we expect there to be a ton of tablets on display in Vegas sporting Windows and Android — Gingerbread or Honeycomb.

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So what happened in tablets this week?

  • The Federal Trade Commission has tweaked the Intel antitrust deal, freeing Intel to exclude the PCI Express Bus on its Oak Trail Atom processor for tablets. The ruling affects only processors bound for tablets and non-PC products with a diagonal screen less than seven inches. Intel was originally forced to include the PCI Express Bus to prevent Intel from deliberately shutting rival graphic processing chip makers like Nvidia out of the market.Gigabyte Technology Booktop T1125
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  • Gigabyte Technology’s Booktop T1125 3-in-1 notebook/tablet/desktop is due for release in late November. The convertible device, which sports an 11.6-inch touchscreen, Intel Core i5 or i3 ULV processor and Nvidia Optimus technology, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and out, is set to cost $1,300.
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  • One Laptop Per Child chairman, Nicholas Negroponte, announced that the release of its XO-3 tablet computer would be pushed back to February. The delay, he says, is the result of his company searching for a flexible screen that will resist breaking. OLPC looks to get their device down to a market price of $75.
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  • Archos has begun selling two Android tablets. The Archos 43 Internet tablet, which has a 4.5-inch touchscreen, will sell for $250, while the Archos 70 will ship with 8GB or 250GB for $275 or $350, respectively. Both support Android 2.2.
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  • Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg recently stated at the company’s mobile event that “the iPad’s not mobile… it’s a computer.” The statement appears to have been a slip of the tongue during a Q & A session in which Zuckerbeg was responding to a question regarding a possible Facebook for iPad app. He tried to recover by saying, “we all love Apple products.”
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  • With its DuoSense combined pen/capacitive touch technology set to expand its reach, N-Trig promoted itself by saying that “the most useful Android slates will be pen-enabled.” Details regarding its pricing and platform compatibility are still fuzzy but what is clear is that N-Trig intends to push into the Android market. N-Trig has most notably been featured on the new HP Slate.
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