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

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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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Marketing clarification causes WePad to rename Android tablet to WeTab

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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

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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

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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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iPad tablet clone runs Google Android

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Maybe you’re really interested in the Apple iPad, just like everyone elese these days. However, you’re not as interested in that iPhone-based operating system and you can’t be bothered with something the size of the iPad. It seems that a strange company called Moonse has you covered.

What you see here is the Moonse E-7001 tablet. In just about every regard, they’ve designed this product to look just like the Apple iPad. There are certainly differences, of course.

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WePad Android tablet gets launch date, specs, price and Flash

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It looks like this tablet thing is really going to take off and the Apple iPad won’t be the only one populating the space. One of the more interesting offerings will be the WePad, not to be confused for an adults incontinence garment – a touchscreen-enabled device running on Google Android. Well, we’ve got more info about that number now.

Several important details were announced regarding the WePad today, including the official specs, pricing, and the pending release date. The WePad results from a collaboration between Neofonie and 4titoo.

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Google to combat iPad with Android tablet of its own

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Google created the Android OS, then we saw a handful of smartphones using their platform before the Nexus One came along. Now, the search engine giant could be taking a similar approach to the emerging tablet market, because a Google Tablet could be imminent.

The Nexus One was far from being the first Android phone, but it was the first real “Google” phone. We haven’t seen a retail release of an Android tablet yet, but several have already been announced. It’s unclear whether Google will be releasing its first own tablet before or after these folks.

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Will RIM release a BlackBerry tablet to join the iPad?

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To many people, the Apple iPad is little more than an oversized iPod touch, but it seems to represent a whole new niche in the market. It’s not an eReader, because the screen totally rocks and you need two hands to operate and hold it. It’s obviously not a netbook since there are no dedicated keys, but something in between. This means companies are going be scrambling to capitalize on this interest with iPad-like devices of their own, whether or not we know what the heck to do with them.

Rumors have surfaced that Research in Motion is working on a tablet of its own.

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Freescale tablet reference design “smartbook” supports 3 OSes

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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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Going hands-on with the almost-a-tablet Dell Mini 5 prototype

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Even before the Apple iPad officially broke the surface, we had already seen a number of UMPCs and MIDs hit the market. You do have to admit that Cupertino will really help to put the mini-tablet on the map, though, so it’s interesting to look at the immediate competition. One of the most captivating? The Dell Mini 5.

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