A new $7,000 report released Monday by research firm Strategy Analytics takes an in-depth look at the hot new tablet PC market. We’ll give you the highlights for free. In the report, SA states that Apple’s iPad owned a mammoth 95.5% of the global tablet market in the third quarter of this year. Android tablets, the second largest group of tablets, made up 2.3% of the market. The report goes on to speculate that the coming onslaught of Android tablets will level the playing field quickly, though consumers have yet to prove that they have any interest in tablet PCs whatsoever. At this point, consumers have only shown an interest in the iPad, albeit an overwhelming interest. No other manufacturer has shown that it has the ability to build a tablet with allure or mass-appeal that comes anywhere close to matching Apple’s offering. The more likely scenario is one that will mimic the path 3D TV is taking — the market will become so flooded with tablet PCs that slow but steady adoption will be inevitable.
ViewSonic unveiled two new tablets on Monday, including a unique offering that runs both Android and Windows 7. The ViewPad 10 is a dual-boot tablet capable of running both Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium. It features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD drive, microSDHC support (up to 32GB), a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 10-inch 1024 x 600-pixel LED backlit multitouch display. ViewSonic’s upcoming 10-inch tablet will ship with both operating systems pre-installed along with Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash support and videoconferencing software. The smaller ViewPad 7 opts for Android 2.2 in place of the 10’s dual-boot setup, and it features cellular data connectivity (HSPA), a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera for video chat, 512MB of RAM, microSDHC support (up to 32GB), up to 10 hours of battery life and a 7-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen display. The ViewPad 7 will launch before the end of the year for $479 while the ViewPad 10 will be available some time in Q1 2011 for $629. Hit the break for the full press release. More →
In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci confirmed that the company has plans to launch a tablet PC line. Acer is currently the second largest PC maker on the planet and Lanci knows that there’s a chance tablets will eat into laptop sales in the coming years. Better safe than sorry, and Acer will play it safe initially by launching a series of tablets ranging in price from $299 to $699. While no specifics were discussed — the Acer CEO didn’t even reveal whether the company’s first run of tablets would run Android or Windows 7 — Lanci did say that Acer’s first tablet offering would launch on November 23rd. Acer’s goal, according to its head executive, is to become the “leader in mobile solutions for PC products from 3-inch to 20-inch.” More →
If a report from financial paper The Taiwan Economic Times is to be believed, freshly acquired Palm Inc. is getting ready to fire up the afterburners and fuel them with bags full of HP’s cash. The paper cites industry sources in claiming that Chinese manufacturing giants Foxconn and Compal were recently awarded new contracts for a total of five to six new Palm-branded devices. Among them is the fabled PalmPad, a webOS-powered tablet that will compete with the Apple iPad, the BlackBerry PlayBook and the flurry of Android tablets currently bombarding the market. Each of the aforementioned five to six devices will reportedly go on sale in 2011.
Don’t worry, folks — we’re just as shocked as you are to learn that HP will finally bring its first Windows 7-powered slate to market. Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights squarely on business users with its new HP Slate 500, a $799 tablet PC that sports an 8.9-inch (1024 x 600) capacitive multitouch display and weighs just 1.5 pounds. The Slate 500 also comes with a 1.86GHz Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, a digital stylus (usable thanks to a Wacom active digitizer), a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera for video chat, a battery said to last for about five hours of usage per charge, and the lovely diamond pattern on the back case that we all know and loathe. HP’s new tablet will not support cellular data connectivity — only Wi-Fi. Yes, $800 is a bit steep for Wi-Fi tablet, but less so when you slap an enterprise sticker on it. And yes, we definitely still want one.
We can file this one under rumor of a rumor — you’ve been warned — so please, proceed with caution. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple’s yet to be announced tablet device will be delayed until the second half of 2010 due to a last minute design change, specifically, the use of a 9.7″ OLED LG display. The report goes onto say that the delay is a strategic move by Apple due to the current cost of the OLED panels, which currently wholesale for around $500 a pop. The price of LG’s panels are expected to drop significantly in late 2010 as they revamp their production line with newer equipment. The report is oozing with speculation on release dates, price, manufacturer, and potential future models, so we’ll let you check out the dirt for yourself.