January is always fun. It is going to be even more fun for geeks. Late in January 2010, you and I will witness one of the most fierce battles among software and hardware giants of our times.
Each and every company seems to be in a hurry to capture as much share of personal computer market as it can. Tablet PCs used to be an expensive and luxury toy only meant for top executives and the very rich.
Today, every kid on the block wants a touch sensitive slate like device to act as a phone, laptop and even multimedia entertainment centre. If a manufacturer can deliver it under $200 price tag, I am sure, the world will beat the path to their door. It would be next big thing after iPhone.
This is phenomenal development. Many things contributed toward making it possible. I can think of following
- Huge reduction in cost of LCD displays
- Popular acceptance of touch sensitive gadgets like iphone
- Introduction of solid state drives and supper slim battery and motherboards.
Nokia’s N900 internet tablet, Apple’s iPhone and amazon’s kindle can be regarded as the classic era devices that pave the way for this evolution of Personal computing.
The Battle Ground for Tablet Wars
The venue for the tablet wars is set at this week’s Consumer Electronic Show at Las Vegas.
Apple is planning to launch it’s version of tablet this week. It would probably a marriage between iPhone and Macbook Air.
Microsoft will partner with HP to launch a slate form-factor computer to rival the yet-unannounced Apple Tablet.
Lenovo also announced its IdeaPad U1, a consumer Windows laptop with a touchscreen that can be detached and used as a separate Linux tablet computer.
This all will become more complicated as a relatively unknown company Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has announced its plan to launch a tablet PC for under $200 price range.
Freescale will show off the tablet PC design during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the device will run the Android and Linux operating systems. The design, which the company calls a “smartbook,” features Freescale’s i.MX515 ARM processor, an accelerometer, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, support for a 3G cellular modem, 512MB RAM, 4-64GB of internal flash storage, a micro SD card slot, USB 2.0 and USB mini ports, and a three-megapixel camera.
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