According to the postings on many different web publications (such as TechSpot and DigitalTrends) Dell is expected to formally announce their first tablet device at CES 2010 today! The spec sheet is supposed to include a 5 megapixel camera and a microSDHC slot.
This long awaited Android tablet is rumored to look something like a blend of smartphone and a netbook. Reportedly it will feature a 5-inch touch-screen display with built-in 3G, and run Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on an Android operating system.
HTC is also getting in on the act – they may be releasing their own version of and Android tablet, or possibly a Google Chrome OS loaded version. An Android tablet from HTC could be expected to feature a “new Qualcomm processor” and “new software from Adobe”.
HTC has attempted to become a major player in the smartphone market as well in 2009, coming out with a variety of handsets including the HTC Hero and their latest HD2 – and an eagerly anticipated addition to the smartphone market is the (as yet unreleased) HTC Touch B.
If HTC becomes a large part of pushing Android using devises running on the operating systems of Google, Apple’s rumored to be in the works tablet (the iSlate) may be in a bit of trouble. Competition from Taiwan could make tablets so cheap Apple will have a difficult time keeping up.
The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show is going on now and in addition to the hoped for tablet from Apple, and 5-inch Android-based tablet device from Dell, attendees hope to see the Nexus One smartphone from Google.
All of the above devices have been rumored for weeks to be on the verge of official launch, and the CES 2010 show is the perfect place and time to deliver on all the promises the big companies have made those who are fans of their products.
Microsoft is also in the game, with a possible netbook of their own called Courier. Also, they may announce plans for Windows 7 mobile, and gamers everywhere are hoping for news on the latest in gaming – Natal.
The Project Natal add-on for Xbox 360 was unveiled last June at the Electronic Entertainment Expo but is still in development. Natal is supposed to allow gamers to play without a controller, using just their bodies – in a huge upgrade from the wildly popular Wii. Microsoft has said the technology will be applicable to all computing in the future, not just gaming applications.
The Natal device is expected to be released sometime this year or early 2011, and fans hope for a hint of the actual date as well as pricing at CES. Sony will be bringing a PlayStation 3 Motion Controller to the table as well.
It’s the future of the digital world at CES!