Tablet Wars Heat Up

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With Apple’s iPad starting to rollout next month, more information is leaking on competitive tablets from Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

HP execs will meet in the U.S. and Taiwan  to determine the price of the HP Slate tablet PC, reports the Wall Street Journal.  The computer company plans to launch the Slate below the starting $629 price for the 16GB 3G Apple iPad, the WSJ said.

Dell has also been showing its Mini 5, 5-inch tablet and Microsoft may or may not introduce a  dual-screen Courier tablet, according to media reports.

The Dell Mini 5 looks a bit like an iPod Touch.  It runs on Android using a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G mobile says CrunchGear.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off the HP Slate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.  It runs Windows 7 and can act as an eReader through Amazon’s Kindle software for the PC.

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