12 Tablet PCs or Slate PCs to Rival Apple iPad as Alternatives in 2011

Apple iPad has caused a fierce competition in IT fields until now and 2011 no doubt will become an exciting time for other companies to enter touch screen table PC market and compete with each other. Though Apple iPad has already been one step forwards in this field due to its high-profile release, wide array of appliance and loyal Apple following, more other competitors are making head into this market with tablet computer of their own brand. Let’s have a look as 12 of the tablet PCs that are able to compete against Apple iPad as an alternative for you.

1) Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P1000

OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Display: 7-inch WSVGA (1024X600) 169ppi TFT
Connectivity: HSUPA 5.76/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps 900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900; Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n, BT3.0, DLNA
Android Samsung UI: Multiple Homescreens, hybrid widgets
Processor: 1 GHz application processor with PowerVR SGX540, Humming Bird Processor
Battery: 4,000 mAh with 7 hours movie play
Memory: 512MB RAM
Camera: 3.2 MP AF camera with LED flash + 1.3-megapixel (VT)
Video: Full HD (1080p) Video Player, Video Recorder (720×480) @30fps
Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB+ microSD up to 32GB
Flash player 10.1 support
Multi-touch zoom
Price: $399 from T-Mobile
Launche Date: Earliest release date in US expected by T-Mobile on November 10th

2) Viewsonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10

Viewsonic Corp ViewPad’s have become official. The ViewPad 7-inch and 10-inch tablet are Android based tablets.

ViewPad 7-inch will feature Android 2.2, 800×480 pixel touchscreen, 480p video playback, 512MB internal storage, a VGA camera in front, and a 3MP camera in back. The tablet PC will have Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GHz speed, 3G capabilities, 802.11 b/g, mult-tasking, Bluetooth connectivity and 32GB of storage capacity via the micro SD card slot. And ViewPad 7 has up to 10 hours of battery backup. The tablet PC from Viewsonic is expected to be launched by the end of November at a price tag of $479.

ViewPad 10-inch tablet PC is expected to feature dual-boot where customers have the option to choose between Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. And it has Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, integrated 1GB of memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and expandable micro SD slot. Have access to flash based contents and office programs with Windows. the 1024×600 LED backlit panel includes a G-sensor and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive navigation across multiple applications. ViewPad 10 will feature 1.3 megapixel webcam with built-in microphone. The tablet PC is priced at $629 and will be available in Q1 2011.

3) BlackBerry Playbook

OS: BlackBerry Tablet OS (QNX) will offer full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5 (which is all tied into RIM’s new WebWorks SDK)
Processor: 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual core processor
Memory: 1GB RAM
Display: 7″ LCD display WSVGA 1024 x 600 screen resolution
Input: Multi-touch touch screen
Flash player 10.1 support
Internal Storage: 16GB and 32GB, microSD support
RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future, presently will offer Wi-Fi
Camera: 3 MP high definition forward-facing camera, 5 MP high definition rear-facing camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Weight: 0.9lbs (400g)
Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
Launch Date: BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in US in early 2011

4) Notion Ink Adam Tablet

This new Tablet PC from Notion Ink is expected have support for
OS: Android, Ubuntu, Chromium OS (operating system)
Display: 10-inch transflective LCD PixelQi screen with resolution display of (1024X600)
Input: Multi-touch touchscreen display, headset controls, accelerometer, ambient light sensors, Back side trackpad
Low power full colour BW mode,
Processor: 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core Arm Cortex-A9 Mpcore Processor with flash rendering 3D performance (Tegra series processors emphasizes low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio)
Outputs: (1 HDMI, 3xUSB)
Video recording of 1080p
Camera: 3.2MP Swivel camera,
Battery: Battery life of upto 16 hours and 160 hours on backlight off mode, internal rechargeable removable lithium-polymer battery
Flash 10.1
Storage: Storage capacity with flash memory of 16GB and 32GB
microSD slot
Memory: RAM memory of DDRII 667 MHz 1GB
Wireless: GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, 3G (HSPA/GSM)
Bluetooth 2.1
Weighs: 600–650 g (1.3–1.4 lb)
Price: LCD display and Wi-Fi only will cost $399, while a model with the Pixel Qi display and 3G will cost $498
Launch Date: Expected on 25th November 2010

5) ASUS Eee Pad

ASUS will likely launch 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch tablet PCs is expected on Q1 2011.

The ASUS Eee Pad EP121 will feature 12-inch touchscreen and has Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor inside. The device is meant for Internet access, watching videos and other multimedia uses, computing and as an e-reader, the company said in a news release. Asustek says the device can run for 10-hours before needing a recharge.

Asus Eee Pad EP101TC will feature
Display: 10.1-inch resistive multi-touch touchscreen
Graphics: NVidia Tegra graphics accelerator (with 1080p HD video playing)
Resolution: 1024 x 786
Battery: Li-polymer, 8 hours runtime
Processor: ARM CPU
Storage: 64 Gb on integrated flash
Audio: Digital Array Mic
Camera: Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam
GPS: Integrated A-GPS unit
WiFi: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
3G: Integrated 3G connectivity with UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Interface: 2x USB ports
Weighs: 675 grams
Price: Around $499
Release date: July (Q3) 2010

And 7-inch will feature
Display: 7-inch capacitive multi-touch touchscreen
Graphics: NVidia Tegra graphics accelerator (with 1080p HD video playing)
Resolution: 1024 x 786
Battery: Li-polymer, 8 hours runtime
Processor: ARM CPU
Storage: 64 Gb on integrated flash
Audio: Digital Array Mic
Camera: Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam
GPS: Integrated A-GPS unit
WiFi: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
3G: Integrated 3G connectivity with UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Interface: 2x USB ports
Price: Around $499
Release date: Q1 2011

The three different models will cost between US$399 and US$499 when it debuts on world markets in the first quarter of next year. Also the tablets will have 2 docking stations.

6) HP Slate 500

The tablet PC from HP features
Display: 8.9″ diagonal WSVGA wide-viewing angle touchscreen (1024 x 600 or 1024 x 768 for some applications)
OS: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32, FreeDOS
Processor: Intel Atom Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB)
Memory: 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Internal storage:  solid state flash module up to 64GB
External USB 2.0 CD/DVD R/RW
Ports: (1 USB 2.0, 1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack, 1 integrated microphone, 1 power connector/HP Slate Cradle connector)
Camera: Integrated 3 MP camera (outward facing); Integrated VGA webcam (inward facing)
Connectivity: Integrated 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS combo
Battery: 2-cell (30 WHr) polymer, Battery life up to 5+ hours
Weight: Starting at 1.5 lb (Starting at 0.68 kg)
Price: $799 USD
Launch Date: 22nd October 2010

7) Dell Steak 7 & Steak 10

Dell previously launched Dell Streak, a 5-inch Dell tablet to rival iPad, but the device was later was considered to bridge the gap between tablet PCs and smartphones. But non the less, Dell has not given up, but making agressive moves towards Apple iPad. The Round Rock, Texas-based company has leaked two iterations of its Streak slate tablet computer, in 7-inch and 10-inch sizes. Although official specs are not yet released, the rumors suggest the tablet to include Android 2.1 (though that could be updated by now), an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, an 800×480 pixel screen, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage ( possible 4GB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, but is that possible?). Other features include Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), HSPA 3G cellular-wireless data support, Bluetooth 3.0, 2100 mAh battery, GPS, a USB-based docking port, accelerometer and compass. The tablet has a dimension of 7.8″ x 5.1″ x 0.5″

Dell’s leaked product description suggests the device will feature TV on the large screen, including Flash video. Also a SD card slot potentially adding 32 GB more storage for movies and music. Although all seems to be rumor, if Dell really needs to get going in the market, then it will be better to create the device to be compatible with Android 3.0 or else sell the device in unbeatable price in the market.

8)Archos 70 Internet Tablet

Archos 70 internet tablet is a Android based tablet. Archos 70 presently features 8GB flash memory with microSD slot support and soon any day from now expect a 250 GB hard drive. It has WVGA 800 x 480 pixels, 7-inch TFT LCD display, Android 2.2 Froyo, ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz similar to one in Apple iPad, video playback up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR and has Lithium polymer battery with a video playback up to 7 hours. ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Flash series weighs at 11 oz and ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Hard Drive series weighs at 14 oz. And the tablet is priced at $275 and  $349.99 (250GB).

Also there is ARCHOS 101 internet tablet which has all the features of ARCHOS 70, expect for Internal storage of 8 & 16 GB flash memory, it has 1024×600 pixels (WXVGA), 10.1” TFT LCD display and weighs in at 480 grams. ARCHOS 101 is priced at $299.

9) Toshiba Folio 100

Toshiba has not fallen behind in introducing their own version of Slate PC. Toshiba Folio 100 pre-order sales has already begun in France. The tablet PC features Android 2.2, 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen display, NVIDIA Tegra 250 processor1 GHZ Processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory, 1.3 Mega Pixel Front Facing Camera, 1020mAh battery, USB 2.0 port and a HDMI port. And the tablet weighs at 760g.

Basically, the tablet Toshiba Folio 100 is aimed at Apple iPad Wi-Fi version only. The product from Toshiba will make a UK debut in Q4 2010. The tablet PC will not reach US very soon.

10) Acer Tablet PC

Acer has given details on their new Acer Tablet PC which will be released on November 23rd. They will launch 5-inch, 7-inch or 10-inch tablet PCs with Android 3.0 (Google’s Gingerbread OS). It features 3G, will have a full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor with a speed of close to or more than 1GHz. According to reports, the tablets will be sold for $299 to $699 each. Negotiations for cellular connectivity might be possible chances.

11) Lenovo LePad

Lenovo is going to launch their own verison of tablet PC known as LePad, begining of 2011. Now we are not sure if the tablet PC from Lenovo will feature Android platform or Windows 7 OS. But some of the features expected to feature in the tablet PC is support for email and browsing and likely include 3G connectivity, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 10 inch multi touch display screen.

Nothing has been confirmed as Lenovo may release the enticing tablet in laptop version known as  Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. Hybrid in the sense, we can take out the display screen which is otherwise known as LePad and when mounted back is called as IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. But China will be the first market which will have access to this product from Lenovo.

12) Cisco cius

Cisco Systems has its own version of tablet PC known as Cisco cius. The tablet PC from Cisco will be released on between Q4 2010 and Q1 2011. Cisco cius features 7 inch screen, front-facing camera (for multi-party video conferencing, recording and streaming 720p video at 30 FPS), Bluetooth 3.0, and support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 3G/4G wireless networks. It has 8-hour battery for a full day of work, has rear camera of 5 megapixels with 8X digital zoom, Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC flash memory, Android 2.2 (Froyo) and weighs 1.15 lb (0.52 kg) And the tablet PC is priced at $1000.

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