Will Tablets Steal the Show at CTIA?

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Tablets hogged the spotlight at both CES and Mobile World Congress; can the product steal the show at CTIA as well?

The nation’s premier mobile and wireless tradeshow kicks off in Orlando this week, and if early leaks and rumors pan out, there is a good chance tablets are going three for three in generating major tradeshow buzz in 2011.

Another Samsung Tab
Whats Your Tab Life?Two major mobile players, Samsung and Sprint, have press conferences scheduled to kick off CTIA, and Samsung has all but confirmed it will announce an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab. Weeks ago, the Galaxy maker sent out a teaser asking, “What’s Your Tab Life?” followed by the numbers seven, eight, nine, and 10. The numbers suggest an 8.9-inch tablet that will slot between the seven-inch Galaxy Tab and the Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the display size chart.

Samsung has since released close-up images of an ultra-thin device, and a “Samsung 8.9-inch” popped up on a leaked Staples product-release road map.

Xoom and Sprint
Sprint has been silent in regards to its CTIA announcement, other than announcing it will “pull back the curtain with the latest in wireless innovation.” Early reports indicate the carrier is hiding the HTC EVO View 4G behind the curtain, which will most likely be a WiMAX-powered HTC Flyer.

Sprint XoomThe HTC Flyer is an innovative seven-inch Android tablet announced at Mobile World Congress that ships with an active N-trig pen. The tablet could blur the line between pen-powered Windows 7 slates and Android tablets, and open up a whole new area for Android app developers to explore, including note-taking apps and graphics programs. 

Sprint could also announce it will begin carrying the Motorola Xoom, as recent pictures of the first Honeycomb tablet sporting the Sprint logo have popped up online.

What is the “Significant” Tablet?
CTIA VP Rob Mesirow promised a “significant” new tablet will be unveiled at CTIA, and later claimed “android, android, android” will be the platform of choice. While TabletPCReview’s money is on either the Galaxy Tab 8.9 or EVO View 4G as the “significant” device, that’s not the only tablet news we hope to uncover in Orlando. There are still plenty of tablet questions left unanswered, including:

  • When is the BlackBerry PlayBook shipping?
  • What will the AT&T and T-Mobile deal mean for the LG G-Slate?
  • Where is the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi?

TechnologyGuide in Orlando
TabletPCReview will begin to find out for sure on March 22, as the team will be in Orlando with the mobile experts from sister site Brighthand for our Mobile Life event, featuring panel discussions on the current state of tablet and smartphone technology in addition to the Brighthand Mobile Film Festival.

 

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