HP Palmpad tablet coming soon

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All of the puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place for a major competitor to Apple and their iPad. It may no longer have the HP Slate name we’ve been hearing over and over, however, it appears that HP has filed for a trademark on the name Palmpad. This is line with all the previous news and rumors that HP is largely abandoning the Google Android-powered and Windows 7 versions of its tablet. Instead, they’re focusing energies on their newly acquired webOS platform. That is, after all, why HP chose to buy Palm in the first place isn’t it?

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HP gives up on developing Android-based tablet, atleast for now

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We’ve been hearing about the HP Slate for what feels like an eternity. This thing is supposed to be the biggest competitor to the Apple iPad, but it has yet to come forth in any sort of official form. And now another iteration has been laid to rest. Remember how HP decided to call it quits on the Windows 7 version of the tablet? Now they’ve done the same with their Android tablet ambitions. The Google-infused touch device was originally slated (no pun intended) for release later this year.

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Ballmer: Microsoft “hardcore” tablet to play nice with enterprise

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Don’t think that Microsoft is going to sit idly by as Apple enjoys its lion’s share of success with the iPad. In fact, Steve Ballmer is going so far as to say that his company is going “hardcore” with its approach to tablets.

More specifically, the emotionally charged Microsoft suit was at the Worldwide Partners Conference in Seattle when he said that they will be offering a wide variety of choice for Windows-based tablets, leading us to believe that we may not get a Microsoft-branded tablet, per se. Instead, they’ll be working with hardware partners for that.

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LG Optimus smartphone and tablet launched on Android 2.2

LG Optimus Android 2.2 devices launched

Why announce a single device when you can announce a whole new brand with a complete new lineup of devices? Apparently, that’s the strategy that LG is taking with its new Optimus series. The main feature of this line is that they will all be powered by Google Android 2.2 froyo, at least for now. Optimus devices include both high-end and entry-level Android devices, so the latter will likely be left out of future upgrades to Gingerbread.

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Cisco unveils Cius Android business tablet with front-facing camera

Cisco Cius docked in the HD Soundstation

A new business focused Android tablet has been announced by Cisco today, they call it the Cius (“see us”). Loaded with every feature we had hoped the iPad would have, the Cius comes with HD video streaming, real-time video communications thanks to a front-facing camera, tricked out 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 so you can pretty much stay connected anytime, anywhere. A 7-inch high-resolution LCD using contact-based touch targets, something called the HD Soundstation, which without a doubt is the best looking docking bay I’ve ever seen.

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Dual screen tablet concept by Toshiba takes a page out of Microsoft’s Courier project

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Why have just one touchscreen display, when you can have two? Taking a page out of Microsoft’s abandoned courier project, Toshiba gives it some thought with their libretto tablet concept PC. Formerly known as the libretto W100, you can expect this Smartbook, a new class of devices, to be loaded with full Windows 7 functionality – and tablet mods. Powered by an Intel Pentium processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 62GB SSD (that’s an odd size), 802.11b/g/gn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1MP webcam, and a 3D accelerometer for your gyroscopic pleasure.

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Nokia tablet running Meego OS expected this year

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Just as everyone started doing the touchscreen smartphone thing after the iPhone showed up to the party, the same thing is starting to happen with tablets thanks to the monumental popularity of the iPad. And the world’s largest cell phone maker isn’t going to be left out.

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Samsung Android Galaxy Tablet, aka “sPad” photo leaked

Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google Android

With Apple hitting the 2 million mark on their iPad sales, it’s clear that tablet computers are going to be the 4th screen. Rumors of Samsung releasing several tablets are this year rampant, and with their AMOLED technology they could really give Apple some serious competition. The rumors indicate an 8-inch tablet will be announced in October, and a 10-inch two months later in December.

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Asus Waveface tablet and phone concepts head for the clouds

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One of the more prominent themes at this year’s Computex is the push toward cloud-based computing. No matter how much storage you have on your own device, you are inherently limited by some type of capacity. By accessing the clouds, you can have virtually unlimited space to stash your stuff. And therein lies the Waveface concepts from the good people at Asus. Yes, they’re well ensconced in the PC market with their motherboards, notebooks, netbooks, and so on, but they also recognize the importance of looking to the future.

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Asus Eee Tablet not really a Kindle, but not quite an iPad either

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I’m not entirely sure what Asus is trying to accomplish with the Eee Tablet, but it seems to have found itself in the middle ground between a Kindle and iPad. On display at Computex Taipei 2010, the Eee Tablet is marketed as “the single device to reinvent reading and writing.” It doesn’t use the regular e-ink (slow refresh) display of the Kindle, but it’s not a full color “real” screen like the iPad either; it’s somewhere in between.

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MSI Wind Pad conforms to “traditional” tablet standards

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Closer to an actual tablet that we would recognize, when compared to the frankenstein Sketch Book, MSI brings you the Wind Pad. Cramping on the iPad moniker, the Wind Pad is a 10-incher running on either Google Android OS or Windows 7. MSI actually plans to release the Wind Pad 100 later this year, with future iterations to come. Model 100 will be first, it’s going to run a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB SSD. Priced at $499 the model 100 will also sport HDMI output, dual USB 2.0 ports and a front-facing camera.

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MSI frankenstein Sketch Book marries tablet and keyboard with a flip

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On the surface the MSI Sketch Book may look like yet another iPad tablet clone, but hidden deep inside is something quite different. Shown for the first time ever at Computex Taipei 2010, the Sketch Book is a device inching towards what we hoped the Microsoft Courier would bring us; a little bit of dual screen love anyone? Not just yet, but it’s close.

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Hanvon Touchpad B10 Windows 7 tablet vonts to be an iPad

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Now that the Apple iPad is officially available to all international markets, we can fully expect a ceaseless flood of clones and knockoffs. One of the newer devices to join the fray is the Touchpad B10 tablet from Hanvon. Never heard of Hanvon? You’re not alone. I didn’t know who they were either when I went to the press conference at Computex. Apparently, the Chinese company was founded in 1998, based in Beijing, and focuses on “various intelligent pattern recognition technologies and products.”

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Acer surprise: 7-inch Android tablet

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Leading up to Computex Taipei next week, Acer decided to host a little shindig to show off its LumiRead e-book reader. This sounded like yet another Kindle alternative, but then Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci appeared on the stage with something quite different.

Yes, the regular e-book reader was there, but the device in Lanci’s hands was anything but “just another Kindle clone.” In fact, what he held was an unannounced Acer powered Google Android tablet. Even Lanci himself called it a tablet.

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VIA processor-powered Android tablets for $100 later this year

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Are you digging the portable functionality of the Apple iPad, but having a hard time justifying the $500 entry price point? Look no further than VIA of Taiwan, because the semiconductor firm is outfitting several Android tablets with its inexpensive processors. As you may recall, VIA tried to compete against the Intel Atom platform when it came to the netbook market. For the most part, it wasn’t able to capture as much attention as the company may have hoped. Well, now they see another opportunity in the iPad-esque tablet market.

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