Dell and Hewlett-Packard up the ante in the tablet game, but Apple looks to raise the stakes.
Hewlett-Packard took the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet, a 9.7-inch device it's calling the TouchPad, along with the bombshell that its WebOS is headed to PCs. The TouchPad will run the company's WebOS, which it acquired along with Palm as part of a $1.2 billion deal in April.
tablet features front-facing cameras for video chat, 16GB or 32GB of built-in memory, support for Adobe's Flash, and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. Initially the TouchPad will be offered as a Wi-Fi only device, though HP said it plans to release a version with 3G/4G mobile connectivity down the line.
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In a play for the business crowd, Dell expanded its foray into tablets with a new 10-inch Windows 7-based device designed, the company said, for people "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments." The
Windows 7 Business Tablet, which will run on an Intel processor, could be available by midyear.
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Meanwhile, Apple has the next generation of its iPad in production, according to a report that appears to confirm many of the rumors that have been circulating for the past couple of months. The new tablet will apparently feature a faster processor and a built-in camera for videoconferencing, but it will have the same display resolution as the first model. The new model will reportedly be sold through current partners AT&T and Verizon Wireless--suggesting it might be dual mode for both GSM and CDMA networks.
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