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

X10 No-name Windows CE tablet

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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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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Video: ExoPC slate with Windows 7 demonstrated

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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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HP Slate tablet to be resurrected with webOS?

HP Slate may re-surface with a Palm WebOS varient for tablets

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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Marketing clarification causes WePad to rename Android tablet to WeTab

WeTab tablet is the new name for the WePad

The company who originally released their device as the WePad, has officially announced a name change to the WeTab. What spawned the name change of the WePad? Was it too confusingly similar to the iPad? Or perhaps a pad was not the ultimate desired intention, and a tab would be more fitting to it's intended use. I mean seriously, a WePad does sound a little like a pad you are going to urinate on. Ok, they are from Germany we can give them that, but just ask a 10 year old from North America and they could have figured it out pretty quickly.

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Fusion Garage launches JooJoo tablet in Canada and Europe

JooJoo Android-based Tablet Computer

It started out as the CrunchPad and it held all sorts of promises. Then, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington and Fusion Garage had a falling out and the story shifted toward that drama rather than the device itself. Well, we're shifting back to the device again, because the JooJoo tablet is now available in Canada and Europe. Well, sort of. Fusion Garage is prepared to take orders from addresses in Europe and Canada, but they're not making an explicit mention as to a ship date.

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Dell Streak tablets now showing 7-inch and 10-inch flavors

Dell Streak Tablets side by side Photo: Engadget

Late last year we caught wind that Dell was working on an Android-based tablet of some kind and that it would be called the Dell Streak. At the time, we only knew about a five-inch variant, but now it seems that Dell wants to tackle the iPad head on with a couple more Streak units. Shown here are the two new Dell Streak tablets that may soon be hitting the marketplace. For starters, the display sizes are much more in line with the current tablet range, being shown with a 7-inch screen and a 10-inch screen.

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