Between 40 and 80 tablets are expected to grace the halls of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week as nearly every PC and smartphone vendor should offer at least one slate PC, says the AFP.
Hot models are expected from Vizio, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Research in Motion, and possibly Motorola and Microsoft, says The New York Times.
Where initially, suppliers looking for ways to compete with Apple’s iPad, were offering downscaled products, many now are targeting higher price points. The reason is that watching video is one of the popular uses of tablets, so a bright and dazzling screen is a key selling point.
Toshiba will show at CES the tentatively named Toshiba Tablet with a larger screen than the iPad. The WiFi device may also run on the latest Honeycomb version of Android, which is optimized for tablet PCs.
The device’s touch screen will measure 10.1 inches diagonally compared to the iPad’s 9.7-inch version, according to the AP.
Other key features of the Toshiba Tablet include the ability to display 1080p resolution, HDMI port, Flash support, Nvidia Tegra 2 processor for gaming and front and rear facing cameras (2 and 5MP, respectively).
Toshiba’s device will support apps from Android Market and Toshiba’s own online store called Toshiba Places, which sells movies, games, and music. There’s also access to the Toshiba BookPlace for eBooks.
The Toshiba Tablet should weigh less than 1.7 pounds, compared to the iPad at 1.5 pounds. Battery life is expected to come in at 7 hours, below the iPad’s 10 hour spec.