Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-up

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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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