Summertime, And The Tablets Are Jumpin'

By  Susan Nunziata & Michael D. Cole — June 01, 2010

As Apple announces sales of 2 million iPads in the product's first 60 days, other manufacturers are getting in line with their own lightweight tablets.
 
Perhaps the most regrettably named is Asustek Computer's Eee Pad, unveiled June 1, 2010 at a technology conference in Taiwan.
 
The touchscreen device will come in 10- and 12-inch options and run on the Microsoft Windows 7 OS with an Intel Core Duo processor. The device, which supports Adobe Flash, will sell for $399-$449. Asustek is reportedly developing its own app store with Intel.
 
The Dell Streak, which uses the Android OS and the ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, was announced May 25 and will be available in the U.K. first on 02 in June 2010. It's due on the U.S. market later this summer.
 
The device has Google Maps integrated with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views. It also includes a high-resolution, 5-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera along with a removable battery, built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity options.
 
Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset, which is also reportedly being used in the upcoming Huawei S7 tablet. Acer announced May 28, 2010, that it would use the Android OS in a 7-inch tablet slated to launch globally in September or October.
 
 
Microsoft and LG revealed on June 1, 2010, the 10.1-inch UX10 prototype, which runs on Windows 7 and uses a 1.6 GHz single core Atom processor.
 
Silicon Alley Insider reminds us that Microsoft had earlier been working on a tablet dubbed Courier which seems to have dropped off the radar.
 
Prior to its purchase of Palm, HP was reportedly working on a touchscreen tablet known as the Slate. The fate of that product remains unknown.
 
Also among those  reportedly working on new tablets are:
 
iPad On The Rise
Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.. Analysts are falling all over themselves revising their iPad forecasts -- predicting anywhere from 6 million to 10 million units will be sold by year's end, and 14 million to 17 million sold by year-end 2011.
 
What About Smartphones?
Tablets are running neck-and-neck with chatter about the new iPhone, which is being dubbed either iPhone 4G or iPhone HD.
 
iPhone fans are buzzing about what's in store at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off June 7, 2010 in Cupertino, CA.
 
Among the rumors:
And, here's one last, non-Apple tidbit to complete our ride on the rumor mill:  Verizon is reportedly on track to have the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 available in stores on June 10

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