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Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-up
Date: Jun 07, 2010
Author: Mathew Miranda
Hands On with the Malata A1002 and CZC P10T

At Computex 2010, tablet PCs were all the rage. We've already touched on the Eee Pad and Eee Tablet from Asus and given you a glimpse at the Wind Pad from MSI. But those aren't the only two manufacturers that are vying to take market share from the Apple iPad. Intel had several tablets on display at their booth and while every model shown here is a prototype, most of them were running an operating system and looked like they were getting ready for prime time.

Of course the bulk of these were Intel Atom-based systems, but we were on the look-out for NVIDIA Tegra 2 models as well.  One thing that is glaringly apparent on all of these tablets, is the multitude of connectivity options built into them, like USB ports, flash card readers and video output ports.

  • 10" screen
  • Intel Pine Trail-M N455 processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium / MeeGo
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless capability
  • 1GB / 2GB DDR3 memory
  • 16GB SSD storage
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 3200mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • 835g / 1.84lbs

Malata PC-A1001
  • 10" screen
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz processor (SMB-A1002 model) with Android 2.0 operating system
  • Intel Atom N450 / N470 CPU (PC-A1001 / A1001H models) with Windows 7 operating system
  • 32GB SSD
  • 1GB / 2GB DDR2 memory
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless capability
  • Mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 3500mAh / 7.4V battery
  • 8 to 10 hour battery life
  • 620g / 1.37lbs
MSI Wind Pad and Asus Eee Pad EP 121

Both the Wind Pad from MSI and Eee Pad from Asus should be the biggest challengers against the iPad. These models are coming from two of the largest hardware companies in the industry and are more likely to gain market share from Apple than any other model mentioned in this article. Here's a quick look at their specs. 

MSI Wind Pad
  • 10" LED touch screen
  • Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor
  • Windows 7 operating system
  • Intel GMA 3150 graphics
  • 2GB memory
  • 32GB SSD storage
  • HDMI out
  • 8hr battery life

Asus Eee Pad EP 121
  • 12" screen
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless capability
  • 2GB DDR2 SO-DIMM memory
  • 32GB / 64GB SSD storage
  • Webcam
  • HD Audio speakers
  • Polymer Battery
  • HDMI port
Other Models

In all, we saw well over a dozen tablet PCs on the show floor at Computex. Its safe to say, the majority will never make it to the North American market, but the fact that so many companies have invested their time and effort is a good sign for the future of tablet PCs. Currently, the iPad is the only game in town if you want a tablet in a slim and sleek form factor, but the competition is heating up. It much too early to predict any winners and losers in this market as the race is just starting. But in the end, consumers will benefit from the additional options available and the lower prices they will eventually produce. 

Here are a few other products we found interesting. 

ExoPC Slate
  • 11.6" screen
  • Intel Atom N450 processor
  • Windows 7 Professional operating system
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless
  • 2GB DDR2 memory
  • 32GB SSD storage
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • Two 1.5W speakers
  • 5hr battery life
  • 850g / 1.87lbs
  • Mini HDMI port

2goPC Slate

  • 10.1" screen
  • Intel Atom N450 processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Wireless capability
  • 1GB / 2GB memory
  • 160GB HDD or 32GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • 8.5hrs battery life
  • 18oz / 1.125lbs

Great Wall Gbook T3

FIC Tycoon TVB00

Closing Editor's Note:  That wraps-up our coverage of all things slate and tablet from Computex 2010.  One thing that was abundantly clear, is that PC manufacturers and big brand ODMs (original design manufacturers) have seen the market opportunity that Apple punctuated so well with the iPad.  Sure, tablet PCs have been around for many years but they've lacked the UI and software to make them truly useful as tools, communication devices and entertainment gadgets. Though our quick-take look at the hardware that's lining up to bring Apple competition this year gives you a sampling of features and form factors, where the rubber will really meet the road is with what operating system and more so, what application ecosystem will take shape behind each of these devices, to deliver a complete user experience. 

Obviously, from a hardware perspective, the iPad is a sexy device, but as you can see, as with most things is life, sexy is relative.  Apple's true mastery is that of the user interface and they've backed it up with their very mature app store.  The first big player that steps up with something competitive to Apple in that regard, will likely have the poll position in 2010's race for the hot re-emergent tablet market.

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