While cloud services, smart TVs and Ultrabooks are this year's emerging trends at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the second wave of iPad challengers are still very much front and centre.
Toshiba got things started early on with its thin Toshiba Excite 10.1" tablet, which is the thinnest Google powered Honeycomb tablet we've seen to date. It offers 1080p HD playback and recording capabilities and a full assortment of ports of the micro variety, including miniHDMI, microUSB and microSD.
Panasonic's ToughPad tablet made an appearance at their keynote and was one of the more exciting bits of news from that event. It even drew gasps from the press when one of the presenters purposely dropped the device on stage to stress its durability. Weighing 2.13 pounds, the ToughPad trades strength and toughness for weight.
Samsung, which already has the widest range of tablet sizes and form factors also revealed a slew of new products including the Samsung Galaxy Note (available soon to Canadians via TELUS), and a new 7.7" Galaxy Tab with an OLED display.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Verizon is said to be the thinnest and lightest of Samsung's tablet line, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The device has a 7.7" Super AMOLED Plus display at 1280-by-800-pixel resolutions. Powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, it offers 16GB of storage space. It sports a three-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and a two-megapixel front-facing camera. Measuring 7.89mm thin and weighing 0.75 pounds, it is one of the lightest and thinnest tablets in the market at that size.
Sony finally revealed the Tablet P, their dual-screen Android tablet that seems to be starting a trend of fashion-oriented tablets. But there are no plans to bring the Tablet P to Canada at this point. During his keynote, Sony's CEO Sir Howard Stringer kept pointing out during his keynote that the earlier Sony Tablet S had been selling well, he neglected to mention, however, that the Tablet S was discounted during the holidays and is still being sold at $100 off its original price.
Lenovo showed off a range of tablets including the 7" IdeaPad K1, which is being sold at $199, a price point that its competitors will consider.