Samsung PC 7 Slider
Asus EEE Slider
Acer 10-inch Tablet
Asus EEE Slate EP121
Lenovo IdeaPad U1/LePad Hybrid
Motion Computing Motion CL900
It's a 1GHz dual-core machine, powered by a Tegra 2. The screen's a 10.1-inch unit, it runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and there's a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video, the Xoom can do 1080p video playing, and 32GB of on-device storage. Most impressively Motorola notes the Xoom's battery can cope with 10 hours of use, not on quiet Net surfing or emailing, but of normally power-sapping video playback. It's got 3G connectivity courtesy of Verizon, and Motorola promises 4G is coming as an option in the future.
Price, availability TBC.
Inside there's a 1.66GHz Intel Oak Trail CPU, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, USB ports, HDMI-out, a 4-in-1 card reader, 1.3-megapixel webcam, and 32GB or 64GB SSD options. It'll also be available with Wimax, and Samsung boasts it'll boot up in under 20 seconds and will give nine hours of usage on one charge.
Price: Starting at $699. Available: March.
Asus, which invented and then largely sewed up the netbook market, is late to the tablet fray. But that hasn't dulled its enthusiasm, and it's revealed four tablets at CES. This is the Slider, which is the one likely to gain most favor with some mobile professionals who favor traditional keyboards over the trend for touchscreens (big thumbs?)--like many smartphones, the Slider has a clever slip-out QWERTY keyboard.
So far we know the Slider runs Google's tablet-friendly version of Android--3.0 Honeycomb--and packs a powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU/GPU inside. It's got an iPad-rivalling 10.1-inch IPS screen (the same tech Apple championed for the iPad), a front 1.2 megapixel webcam, rear 5 megapixel unit, and all the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
With its unusual looks, clever flip-out keyboard and competitive pricing, Asus may have a hit here.
Price: $499 to $799, available second quarter 2011.
The Iconia has Verizon 4G LTE compatibility, runs the "latest version" of Android (presumably a 2.x iteration, with 3.0 incoming) underneath Acer's own UI--version 4.5--and has HDMI-out, Clear.fi media sharing, a 10.1-inch screen, and packs a Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core CPU. Acer, unlike many other makers, is also making a point of noting support for Adobe's Flash 10.1 tech.
Price, TBD. Availability: "February"
The Slate is really half a traditional laptop, with a touchscreen. This lets Asus proclaim it to be the "most powerful" tablet out there, complete with its Intel Core i5 CPU, 64GB SSD storage, 4GB of system memory, Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 3.0 sockets and 2-megapixel camera (with flash). This all runs a 12.1-inch iPS display, in a box that weighs a solid 2.5 pounds (versus the Slider's 1.9 pounds, and the iPad's 1.5 to 1.6 pounds). But all this results in a premium price that matches the Slate's half-PC, half-Slate, Windows powered goodness (for folks that can't tear themselves away from a traditional PC environment, but like the notion of a tablet).
Price: $999 to $1,099, available first quarter 2011.
When you plug it into the laptop-style keyboard base a magical transformation occurs, and the unit acts as the display for a 1.2 GHz Intel i5-powered traditional laptop running Windows 7. It's clever, will appeal to some--if only because the connected devices make for a dinky little laptop--but involves a lot of compromises, most notably on price.
LePad: Around $520, arriving first Quarter 2011. Full IdeaPad setup: Around $1,300.
But to really set it apart, it meets the MIL-STD-810G specifications for ruggedness, allowing it to survive a four-foot drop, thanks to its Gorilla Glass display and sturdy chassis. This gives it a 2.1 mass.
Price: "less than $1,000," available TBD.
Price: Not revealed, but "very competitive." Available, summer 2011.
What sets Tosh's effort apart is its potent Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, haptic-feedback virtual keyboard (for a more finger-friendly touchscreen experience for newcomers to tablets) and interchangeable fashion rear face. It's also got a user-swappable lithium cell, good for people who find themselves away from power for extended periods. There's also built-in GPS.
Price: Not revealed, but "competitive." Availability: First half 2011.
So far, so boring. But by trimming the specs of the device, notably the CPU, older version of Android and the lower resolution 800 by 600 pixel screen, AOC is significantly differentiating its Breeze from its peers: The device is scheduled to cost "under $200," which is less than half that of the entry iPad pricing, and much less than some of the medium- and full-specced Android or Windows 7 tablets. It's also arriving in January, much sooner than much of its competition.
Price: Cheap-at-half-the-price $200, available in a few weeks.