CES: 11 tablets worth watching

11 plus next-gen iPad that could succeed in 2011

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Motion CL900: A tablet that may fit into the rugged laptop category, Motion Computing's CL900 runs the Windows 7 operating system and comes in versions with 30GB or 62GB solid-state drives. Equipped with an Intel Atom processor, it will sell for less than $1,000 and will be available in early spring, the company said. Motion Computing is known as a maker of Windows-based pen tablets.

Motorola Xoom: An Android 3.0-based 10.1-inch touch-screen tablet, Motorola's forthcoming Xoom will feature an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor to deliver up to 2 GHz of power. The Xoom will initially be available in a 3G/Wi-Fi model when it goes on sale in the second quarter; an LTE/Wi-Fi model will be available through Verizon later. It includes two cameras and supports video chat. It weighs the same as the iPad, 730 grams, and is slightly thinner than Apple's tablet at 12.9mm.

LG G Slate: T-Mobile and LG officials announced that the G Slate will run Android 3.0 and will go on sale in the second quarter. No G Slates were available for reporters to handle, but the device appears to be about 10 inches in size.

Toshiba tablet: So far, Toshiba's device doesn't have an official name, but it will have a 10.1-inch screen and will run Android 3.0. It could ship as early as July.

Dell Streak: The PC vendor's tablet features a 7-inch touch screen, and it runs Android 2.2. T-Mobile said that the Streak's price tag will be lower than those of existing tablets, but it didn't offer a specific figure, nor did the carrier say when the Streak will go on sale. Dell's tablet has an Nvidia dual-core processor and boasts an SD card slot to permit storage of as much as 32GB.

HP tablet: When Hewlett-Packard acquired Palm, many observers expected that the company would one day introduce a tablet uses Palm's WebOS operating system. HP didn't show a tablet at CES, but it's expected to make an early February announcement that might involve such a device. Sprint is also planning an early February announcement that could involve an HP tablet that some are calling the PalmPad.

Lenovo LePad: Lenovo showed off a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android 2.2 but also runs Windows when combined with the IdeaPad U1, a hybrid device that turns the LePad into a netbook. The LePad serves as the monitor, but it can be detached and used as a tablet.

Asus Eee Slate EP121: Running Windows 7, Asustek's 12-inch touch-screen tablet is available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $1,100. It comes with a Bluetooth-linked keyboard and is equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor.

Apple iPad 2: The next-generation iPad wasn't shown at CES, but it was on the minds of every vendor and potential buyer in attendance. The first version became available last April, so it won't be long before the next one is launched.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

Copyright © 2011 IDG Communications, Inc.

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