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HP webOS-powered PalmPad tablet specs leaked

Can’t wait until next month’s Consumer Electronics Show to learn about HP’s consumer-geared alternative to the Apple iPad? Well, you just so happen to be in luck. The cleverly named webOS powered PalmPad has apparently had its specs and features leaked all over the Internet. Someone bring the mop.

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Could Microsoft give a sneak peek of Windows 8 at CES?

Next month’s CES could be one of the most fascinating events to date, with a whole slew of new technologies emerging. An indicator from the last few months of products coming out of the vine, the 2011 CES’ primary focus will be on tablets, as companies jostle for position to take on the market-leading iPad.

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Hands-on with BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (video)

Are you on the verge of buying an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, but you’re intrigued by the possibilities of the upcoming RIM PlayBook? Let’s add to that intrigue, because here is a complete hands-on walkthrough video of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

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Going extra big with Acer 4.8-inch Android smartphone

Some people like their mobile phones to be a little more compact, but that trend has definitely swung in the other direction in recent years. “Slate” style smartphones are all the rage and Acer is prepared to go big rather than go home with its upcoming 4.8-inch monster.

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Official: HP Slate 500 tablet PC announced with Windows 7 OS

We all knew this day was coming. We’ve seen teaser pics and spy shots, but it’s about time the official day arrived. HP has officially announced the HP Slate 500. This is a tablet that will come powered by Windows 7, but it gets some slight modifications so that it can work better with the 8.9-inch touchscreen.

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CTL starts shipping 2goPad SL10 Windows 7 tablet for $499

The hardware design is pretty much par for the course when it comes to tablets, but you’ll notice that the 2goPad SL10 (they really ought to come up with a better name) is packing a full build of Windows 7 under the hood. The rest of the specs sound like a decently-powered netbook with an Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, and a front-facing VGA camera.

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Ballmer promises Windows-powered tablets before end of year

The Apple iPad has quickly become ubiquitous and Android tablets will surely enjoy some popularity too. Not to sit idly by, Steve Ballmer is quick to point out that Microsoft has its stake in this arena too. He’s promising that the “new slates with Windows on them” will be shown off to world this Christmas.

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Neuros Control Tablet 1002: $130 Android slate with LINK controls

It’s hard to differentiate yourself in this increasingly competitive tablet market, but it seems that the fine folks at Neuros have come up with something rather compelling. On the surface, this might look like any other Android-powered tablet device, but the Neuros Control Tablet 1002 comes with an added bonus.

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Marvell’s 1.5GHz tri-core processor for tablets and smartphones

Marvell appears to have made the first tri-core mobile processor. These tri-core system-on-a-chip solutions will be clocked at an astounding 1.5GHz. We’re hearing about dual-core chips from Qualcomm that do that now, but not tri-core. Marvell says these chips are designed for “ultra-low power, long battery life smartphones and tablets.” Really? Adding in another core […]

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Axon Haptic tablet comes with no OS, $750 pre-orders now on

The tablet, get this, ships without an OS pre-installed. It’s totally up to you what operating system you want to load onto the beast, assuming that it is compatible with the hardware found inside. According to the devs, the internals should be good for “almost any OS,” including Linux, Windows, and even OS X.

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Genius offers first wireless graphic tablet: The MousePen M508W

Another option for graphic designers has emerged this week. Genius, makers of tablets and other peripherals have added the first wireless tablet to their roster. The 5 x 8-inch MousePen M508W tablet is just $199 and will ship this September. As for technicals, it gives you 1024-levels of pressure sensitivity, comparable to the Intuos Bamboo pen but twice the LPI, sitting pretty at 4000.

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Aussies get Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11 Windows 7 tablet next month

The tablet market is really heating up. Just about everyone is making an “iPad killer” these days and the latest to join the fray is the Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11. I’m more familiar with Pioneer’s audio products, but it looks like they’re expanding their portfolio into the touchscreen handheld realm too.

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Video: Hanvon Windows 7 tablet takes on the iPad

This latest video shows a Windows 7 tablet and Apple iPad going head to head in a series of every day tasks. The hardware used for the Windows 7 contender is the Hanvon Windows 7 slate, one of many Windows 7 tablets that will be released before the year is out.

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Asus drops Windows for Android-based EeePad

It’s clear that the Apple iPad is currently dominating the tablet market, but a number of new competitors will soon be entering that realm. I think one of the major keys to success is a properly designed mobile OS, so it’s good to see that Asus is making the switch from Windows to Android for its EeePad.

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HP Palmpad tablet coming soon

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 to focus on WebOS for it's Slate tablet
HP gives up on developing Android-based tablet, atleast for now

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

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

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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MSI Wind Pad conforms to “traditional” tablet standards

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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Hanvon Touchpad B10 Windows 7 tablet vonts to be an iPad

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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X10 ‘Mobile Internet Device’ boasts 7-inch screen, outputs 1080p HD

This device totally came out of left field, because it’s still unclear exactly who the manufacturer is and what badge it will carry. What we can tell you about the X10 is that it’s a mobile Internet device (MID) and comes with a high-def surprise. Beyond the fairly standard seven-inch (800 x 480) touchscreen display, you’ll notice that this MID comes with the ability to output 1080p HD content over an HDMI connection. Great for sharing videos on your HDTV, but with only 256MB of RAM I wonder if performance will be an issue.

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Video: ExoPC slate with Windows 7 demonstrated

The Apple iPad isn’t the only giant touchscreen tablet device, you know. We’ve been hearing about the ExoPC handheld for some time, but now we’ve finally managed to find a hands-on video with the slate. Based on what we see, it looks awfully impressive.

Set to be showcased at Computex Taipei early next month, the ExoPC “slate” is a tablet device that comes powered by a full build of Windows 7. Despite using a true desktop operating system as its platform, the slate actually has a pretty good bootup time and the video playback is “flawless.”

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Fujitsu T730 LifeBook Tablet PC gets Core i5 and i7 processors

Two new LifeBook flip-style tablet PCs have been released by Fujitsu today. With Core i5 and Core i7 processors, these 12.1-inch convertibles ship with 2GB of ram, a 160GB harddrive, dual-layer DVD-R, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a battery packing “5.5 hours” of estimated life. What makes these special is their processing power, with the i5 you can go up to 2.53Ghz, or 2.66GHz with the i7 upgrade. Remember, they weigh just under 4 pounds and it’s not going to be your eBook replacement, but touchscreen will allow you to flip that cool Google streetview map around with your finger in front of your pals.

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HP Slate may re-surface with a Palm WebOS varient for tablets
HP Slate tablet to be resurrected with webOS?

The iPad has been a fantastic seller for Apple and it seems to have spawned a new market of other tablet-like devices. The HP Slate was slated to be a major competitor, but it seems like the project has been scrapped. Or has it?

The main problem with the HP Slate is that it was designed to work with Windows 7.

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Freescale tablet reference design “smartbook” supports 3 OSes

It is a reference design, so contrary to the blogosphere’s reports, Freescale will not release this device. It will allow OEMs to quickly and easily manufacture a devices similar with these specifications at a very economical price. At seven inches in size at an OEM cost of $200, it should set Freescale clearly apart from the iPad.

The key is support for three flavors of operating systems. Google’s open source Chromium operating system, the mobile Android operating system, and variants of Linux: ThunderSoft’s Millos Linux and Ubuntu. No Windows 7?

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Tablet Wars: HP ridicules Apple’s iPad as an incomplete internet experience

Over the past fifteen years computers and media have changed so much with LCD screens, optical mice, USB dongles, devices and lets not forget VHS to CD to DVD.

One thing that has remained constant is the keyboard. But it looks like your keyboard will also become a historical artifact just like desktop computers such as the Amiga, Zx Spectrum and even the Atari ST with the popular tablet PC’s making waves in the market.

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Survive anything with Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field tablet

It’s clear that Steve Jobs and the rest of the team in Cupertino have opened up an incredible floodgate with the announcement of the Apple iPad. We’re going to see a lot of new entries in the tablet/e-reader department in the months to come, but very few will be able to be quite as rugged as the new Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field. It ain’t slim, it ain’t sleek, but it’s tough as nails.

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Can’t Decide Between Tablet or Netbook? Have Both!

The Apple Tablet (or “iSlate” if you prefer) is probably going to be announced later this month, but it will likely still “restrict” you to a touchscreen only experience. What if you want to have a full keyboard to use at times? It seems that the Lenovo U1 overcomes this very concern by combining a […]

Asus Eee Pad to Enter Tablet PC Market?

So, the current expectation is that the Apple Tablet will be ready for primetime next March or April. It has the potential of really changing the market, much like what the Cupertino crew were able to achieve with the Apple iPhone. Well, it seems that Mac won’t be the only way to go. There are […]

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Much-Discussed ITG xpPhone Will Do Windows 7 Too

Do you remember that ITG xpPhone? Remember how it was supposed to be one crazy smartphone that got powered by a full build of Windows XP? Well, ITG is going further, because they’re going to plop Windows 7 into that frame. We all know that Windows 7 is supposed to be more efficient than Windows […]

Amazon Kindle for PC to Invade Windows 7 Tablets

You know how the Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader was announced earlier this week? It seems that the crew at Amazon are fighting back, but it’s not without another piece of hardware; it’s with eBook software for your Windows-based computer instead. Barnes & Noble already had a software solution that allowed people to buy […]

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How to Transform Dell Mini 9 into Tablet PC

Gigabyte has its netbook-sized tablet PC, but the build quality leaves much to be desired and the price point isn’t exactly in the ideal range. So, what can you do if you want to have the tablet experience in a netbook-sized package? You do it yourself, of course, as evidenced by this modified Dell Mini […]

Pre-Orders Taken for ITG xpPhone with Windows XP

BlackBerry OS? iPhone OS? Symbian OS? These are all perfectly viable mobile platforms, but they still don’t offer the same kind of utility that you’d be able to extract from a true desktop operating system. That’s why ITG has decided to create a new smartphone that is powered by a full build of Windows XP. […]

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Kids Get PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop/Netbook

This certainly isn’t the first netbook to be targeted at school-aged children, since we’ve long since grown familiar with devices like the Intel Classmate PC. However, this new laptop/netbook comes with an interesting twist. The PeeWee Pivot happens to be a convertible tablet PC for kids. The 8.9-inch display features a 1024×600 pixel resolution and, […]

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It Takes $99 to Convert a Notebook to a Tablet PC

Tablet PCs are utterly fantastic for graphic designers and other creative types, but not all of us want to fork over the big bucks for that kind of thing. As it turns out, it only costs $99… if you take the third-party roundabout accessory route with the good people at Brando. Using Brando’s special USB-based […]

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Asus T91: Eee PC Officially Converted to Netbook Tablet

Aha! Just as I predicted, the world will soon be treated to a larger variety of netbook-sized convertible tablet PCs. We’ve seen the more expensive versions from Flybook and Gigabyte, but something closer to netbook in stature (and price) could soon be on the way. Once again leading the charge for netbooks is Asus, the […]

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Fujitsu U820 LifeBook UMPC Powered by Intel Atom

The netbook market is a terribly confusing place. The first Asus Eee PC was a seven-incher, but there has been a recent push toward 8.9-inch and 10-inch model. Dell has taken it even further by offering a 12-inch Inspiron Mini, making netbooks bigger than ever. Fujitsu, on the other hand, is taking netbooks in the […]

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Kohjinsha Keeps Shining with W130-Series Subnotebook Tablet

When I was over in Tokyo last year, I walked into the Yodobashi Camera store in Shinjuku and was immediately overwhelmed by an incredible little machine bearing the Kohjinsha name. Looking almost like an overgrown e-dictionary, the Kohjinsha subnotebook was running on Windows Vista. I was impressed. Keeping up with its good name, Kohjinsha has […]