The new year is just around the corner, and major tech companies have promised us some innovative new Tablets PC to arrive in coming months.
So here are some of the most anticipated mobile phones of 2011–check them out.
1.Sprint 4G Tablet
Sprint’s president of business markets, Paget Alves, recently told Forbes that the carrier would be bringing a 4G tablet to its network in 2011. The company made similar statements last May. It’s unclear who would make the tablet and whether it would be an exclusive deal. Regardless, Sprint is investing heavily in its so-called 4G WiMax network and will likely be the first carrier out of the gate with a 4G tablet. SlashGear speculates that Sprint’s 4G tablet will end up being the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Expected launch: 2011. Expected pricing: Unknown. Expected specs: Unknown.
2.Hewlett-Packard WebOS Tablet
HP has confirmed that the device is coming, but little is known about HP’s WebOS tablet. It may or may not be called the PalmPad and may or may not run WebOS 2.0. But using Palm’s critically acclaimed smartphone OS in a tablet could be a big winner for HP, and may pose a credible challenge to the iPad. In addition to powering tablets, WebOS is expected to run new smartphones, netbooks, and even wireless printers in 2011.
Expected launch: Early 2011. Expected pricing: Unknown. Expected specs: One-panel touchscreen, WebOS 2, touch and stylus inputs.
Expected launch: 2011. Expected pricing: Unknown. Expected specs: 7-inch-diagonal LCD screen, 1024-by-600-pixel WSVGA resolution, 1GB of RAM, 1GHz Dual Core processor, Adobe Flash 10.1, micro-USB, micro-HDMI, 3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
4.Android Tablets: Motorola, LG, and HTC
Google’s Andy Rubin was showing Motorola’s prototype in San Francisco recently. Meanwhile, LG’s and HTC’s tablets are largely rumors at this point. Motorola’s version will most likely be running Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb). LG is working on a Honeycomb tablet as well, according to Android Guys. HTC’s tablet is slated for launch in early 2011 with Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), according to SlashGear.
Expected launch: 2011. Expected pricing: Unknown. Expected specs: 7-inch to 10-inch screen, Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, Android OS 2.2, 2.3, or 3.0.
5. iPad 2
About: Apple hasn’t yet confirmed the second-generation iPad, but the company has a habit of updating its other prominent iOS devices–the iPhone and iPod Touch–every year. There’s no reason to expect its handling of the iPad to be any different.
Expected launch: Early 2011 (rumor). Expected specs: Front- and rear-facing cameras, thinner, slimmer, faster, lighter, enhanced display. Expected pricing: Unknown.
6. Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Tablet-Netbook Hybrid
Expected launch: First half of 2011. Expected pricing: $1000. Expected specs: 10.1-inch detachable LED-backlit touchscreen, 1366-by-768-pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (tablet mode), 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU1400 processor (laptop mode), 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.
7. 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab
Expected launch: First half of 2011 (rumor). Expected pricing: Unknown. Expected specs: 10-inch touchscreen, Android OS.
8. Windows Tablets
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to announce several Windows tablets during CES to compete with Apple’s iPad. It’s hard to know how people will react to this second foray into iPad-style one-panel tablets since Ballmer introduced the lackluster Hewlett-Packard tablet at CES 2010. Some people are anticipating new Windows tablets, because they love Windows. Others are looking forward to Windows tablets, because they like to laugh at Microsoft. Which camp do you fall into?
Expected launch: 2011. Expected pricing: Unknown. Specs: Windows 7, possibly one Windows 8 device, slide-out keyboard.
9. Atom-Based Tablets
Expected launch: Throughout 2011. Expected pricing: Unknown. Expected specs: Intel Atom processor.