State of the Tablet (iPad, Xoom, HP, BlackBerry, Win 8)

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Microsoft will release a tablet-oriented version of Windows no sooner than 2012, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. Despite Steve Ballmer's bombastic statements in July last year, when he said Microsoft is "hardcore" about tablets and that we can expect "a lot" of Windows-based tablets by the end of 2010, none of the tablets that actually did hit the stores made any significant impact on the market. The reasons for this are quite clear: Windows 7 simply isn't optimized for use with modern tablets with finger-based input. Remember the long, painful transition from Windows Mobile 6 to Windows Phone 7? Once again, it will take time for Microsoft to deliver the user experience it needs to be able to compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Honeycomb. Microsoft To Release Windows for Tablets in 2012 [REPORT] Microsoft To Release Windows for Tablets in 2012 [REPORT]
IN MEDIA Announces $399 Windows 7 Tablet PC, Shipping Early 2011 IN MEDIA Announces $399 Windows 7 Tablet PC, Shipping Early 2011 Whether or not Windows 7 has a place on tablets or not, it isn’t stopping some brave companies from releasing consumer-oriented slate computers running Redmond’s latest operating system. Today, IN MEDIA announced the release of the uncreatively named “Windows 7 Tablet PC”. Powered by a 1.66GHZ Intel Atom processor, the tablet sports an HDMI interface, a forward-facing camera, an 11 1⁄4 by 6 inch LCD screen, built-in eReader functionality and a 160GB hard drive. IN Media CEO Nick Karnik in a press statement touted the device’s ability to play Flash videos, too.
I thought we’d get a Hello Kitty tablet before anything else, but today Onkyo Japan has announced a Snoopy-themed Windows tablet [JP, PDF] for the local market (Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, to be more exact). Buyers will get a rebranded Onkyo device with a Snoopy drawing on the back, a Snoopy stylus, and a special “Peanuts” case. Onkyo also throws in a set of special screensavers, Snoopy wallpapers, icons, a Snoopy calendar etc. Technically, the tablet features a 10.1-inch LCD with 1,024×600 resolution, an Atom N450 CPU (1.66GHz), 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, two USB slots, an SD card slot, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and a web cam. Onkyo Announces Snoopy-Themed Windows Tablet Onkyo Announces Snoopy-Themed Windows Tablet
Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 tablets this year, but its dedicated tablet build of Windows 7 reportedly won't land until next year. (Source: Microsoft) Microsoft looks to arrive VERY late to the tablet game Report: Microsoft Won't Release Dedicated Tablet OS Until 2012 Report: Microsoft Won't Release Dedicated Tablet OS Until 2012
Windows 8 slate from Microsoft in 2012 Windows 8 slate from Microsoft in 2012 Following on from comments made by Steve Ballmer earlier this week Business Week is reporting that Microsoft won't be releasing a Windows 8 tablet until early 2012. Citing "people with knowledge of the plans" it is also said that Microsoft will begin public testing of the OS later this year, which is in-line with Ballmer's comments. It seems like a sure sign that tablets are taking over the personal computing market as a lot of the talk surrounding the next version of the Windows Operating system has been focused on Microsoft's tablet plans. With 2011 set to be a fierce tablet battlefield all signs point to Microsoft turning up late though hopefully it will be well suited for battle when it does arrive. With Android poised as the main competitor with some key devices set to be released over the coming months Apple will find the market share balance shifting significantly.
Windows 7 tablet roundup from Computex, nay Tabletex Tabletex. Yep, that's what we're calling this year's Computex since you truly cannot go a few steps on the show floor without stumbling upon a new tablet of some kind. If you've been reading our coverage for the past few days, you know that Intel and Microsoft didn't show up in Taipei empty handed -- both of their booths are incredibly well stocked with new slates. Most of them, which range from early prototypes to quite functional, have 10-inch displays, run Windows 7 Premium and pack Intel Atom Z or N series processors -- in essence they're very much netbooks sans the keyboard panel. There are way too many of them to count, but don't you worry, we've rounded up some details and shots of the most appealing ones on display here at the show. Follow on after the break for a look at some of the newest Wintel tablets. Windows 7 tablet roundup from Computex, nay Tabletex
Microsoft Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012

Microsoft Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012

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Windows 8 Tablet Demos May Arrive in June As Windows 8 Milestone 3 begins, there are reports that Microsoft may demo the OS on tablets this June. Previous reports have indicated that Windows 8 will be modular in nature, allowing Microsoft to remove portions of the OS that's not required for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Now there's talk that Microsoft plans to show its tablet version of Windows 8 by the end of its fiscal year in June. The news arrived by way of an unnamed source claiming that Microsoft plans to take a more Apple-like approach to interface design. It will also borrow from Windows Phone 7 by incorporating various concepts from the "Metro" interface. Windows 8 Tablet Demos May Arrive in June
As I watch the Tablet Revolution, 2011 Edition unfold, I'm struck by the similarities to the first go-round of tablets a decade ago. As before, PC manufacturers are largely focusing on vertical markets in enterprise applications for Windows-based tablets. But this time, in doing so, the industry may be missing the point of why Windows tablets may be desirable outside the business realm. Windows 7 Tablets: Now or Never - PCWorld Windows 7 Tablets: Now or Never - PCWorld
ASUS Eee Slate EP121-1A010M 12.1-Inch Tablet PC: Computer & Accessories Entertaining meets enterprising with most powerful tablet The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 keeps you entertained, productive, and connected—anywhere. Experience crisp, clear high definition entertainment and navigate seamlessly on the 12.1-inch pressure-sensing capacitive LED-backlit HD display with multi-touch. Plus, it has Flash 10.1 support to bring you the full beauty of the Web.
From the start of this year, it became apparent that the next 12 months would be a busy time for tablet and smartphone releases, and one such device waiting for its turn would be the BlackBerry PlayBook. The tablet which has been talked about since September last year, looks like it may be with us sooner than expected. The 7-inch LCD Playbook running on QNX OS packs a big specification listing including a huge battery of 5,300 mAh, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, available in 3 storage capacity from 16GB through to 64GB, 2 cameras front and rear, benefit of 3G or 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and so on. The market for tablet devices is hotting up with the highly anticipated iPad 2 set to release from March 11, with a lighter, thinner design along with new and existing features. To get a clearer comparison of the PlayBook, iPad 2 plus competitors Xoom and TouchPad, click here. BlackBerry PlayBook March Confirmed Release Date: iPad 2 Rival?
BlackBerry PlayBook Early reviews were mixed saying that although the hardware was good, several features were missing. Shipments totaled approximately 500,000 units during the first quarter of sales and 200,000 in the following quarter.[5] Many of the 700,000 units shipped to retailers allegedly remained on the shelves for months, prompting BlackBerry to introduce dramatic price reductions in November 2011 to increase sales.[6] Sales rebounded following the price cuts,[7] with BlackBerry shipping approximately 2.5 million BlackBerry PlayBooks by June 1, 2013. Announcement[edit] Among the features demonstrated was its tight integration with and support for Adobe AIR applications and full Flash support. According to Lazaridis, "We're not trying to dumb down the internet for a mobile device.
Citing an anonymous source close to the company, technology blog Boy Genius Report has reported the Research in Motion PlayBook, the company's long-anticipated entry into the tablet market, will be released on April 10. If true, that would mean the RIM device would launch just a month after Apple releases its iPad 2, which the company recently announced would be available to consumers on March 11. The move is viewed by some within the industry as RIM's efforts to remain relevant amid sliding market shares for its BlackBerry line of smartphones. Around the same time the Boy Genius Report was released, Jon Oakes, director of product marketing for HP's TouchPad, said the PlayBook and his company's device have some "uncanny similarities." "It’s a fast innovation cycle and a fast imitation cycle in this market," Oakes said in an interview with Laptop magazine. RIM initially announced it would enter the tablet market in September. RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook set for April 10 release, according to report
Blackberry Playbook’s webOS Tablet UI Confusion : Product Reviews Net By Peter Chubb Posted 2 Mar 2011, 13:48 Both HP and RIM are to release their tablet devices to the market soon, and if you were to take the branding of each device, you could easily mistake them from one another. There have suggestions that the BlackBerry PlayBook has borrowed a number of elements from the webOS is to run HP’s TouchPad, which would certainly lead to tablet confusion.
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