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

Axon Haptic tablet is more like a computer, than a tablet

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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Aussies get Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11 Windows 7 tablet next month

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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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RIM Black Pad $500 tablet scheduled for a November launch

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The BlackBerry Torch, in many ways, is supposed to compete against the Apple iPhone 4. In much the same manner, the Apple iPad could be facing some competition from RIM’s upcoming tablet. And now, we’re hearing that the so-called BlackPad could launch this November.

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German E-Noa Interpad Android tablet rocks Tegra 2 chip, slated for December release

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The Apple iPad may continue to be the dominant tablet on the market today, but it may not be the most powerful. A new Android tablet dubbed the E-Noa has an official launch date set for this December, and it’s going to have a crazy 1GHz Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor. You won’t be alone if you haven’t heard of the E-Noa Interpad, because it’s a largely unknown German company and will likely have a limited release.

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Fujitsu announces 12.1″ multi-input touch screen for tablets

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If you remember way back before the iPad was even a concept, Fujitsu had coined the name for their handheld device that was primarily targeted for the retail backend. Fast forward into the year 2010, and Apple has released their very own iPad, while Fujitsu has now announced a display technology with wIf you remember way back before the iPad was even a concept, Fujitsu had coined the name for their handheld device that was primarily targeted for the retail backend. Fast forward into the year 2010, and Apple has released their very own iPad, while Fujitsu has now announced a display technology with which they could use to launch their very own tablet device.hich they could come out using in their own tablet-style device.

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Asus drops Windows for Android-based EeePad

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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

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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

HP to focus on WebOS for it's Slate tablet

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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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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Asus Waveface tablet and phone concepts head for the clouds

Asus Waveface Light Concept Photo: Michael Kwan

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

Asus Eee Tablet

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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Hanvon Chairman: e-Readers to replace cell phones

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Chinese company Hanvon, makers of the Touchpad B10 tablet, are also known as Hanwang. Chairman Yingjian Liu during a keynote speech at Computex 2010, discussed the increasing popularity and evolution of the e-book reader. He proclaimed the strengths of the e-ink format and how his company was leading the way in his home country of China. Then, his declarations got very bold. He called the e-book reader the “fourth screen,” referring to TV, PC, and cell phone as the other three screens. He observed that some people say the mobile phone will replace the e-reader, but he responded by saying that the e-ink book reader will replace cell phones instead.

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