CES 2011: The Daily Tablet

LAS VEGAS -- 2011 International CES -- Tablet computers are the hot mobile devices here in Vegas, with scores of the slender bandwidth hogs launched at the show. (See iPad Envy: The Year in Tablets.)

With that in mind, LR Mobile has assembled a quick summary of the major tablet releases at CES, from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s LTE Cius to the T-Mobile US Inc. G-Slate and many more besides. Please see below for more:

Table 1: The Daily Tablet
 Brand   Carrier   OS   Connectivity   Screen Size   Price 
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Verizon Wireless Android LTE 10-inch N/A
Asus Eee Slate EP121 N/A Windows 7 N/A 10-inch $999 to $1,099
Cisco Cuis Verizon Wireless Android LTE/3G CDMA 7-inch N/A
Dell Streak 7 T-Mobile Android 2.2 3G HSPA+ 7-inch N/A
Lenovo Slate IdeaPad N/A Windows 7 N/A 10-inch $499
LG G-Slate T-Mobile Android 3.0 3G HSPA+ N/A N/A
Motorola Xoom Verizon Wireless in Q1/AT&T 2H011 Android 3.0 3G CDMA in Q1/LTE 2H011 10-inch N/A
RIM 4G PlayBook Sprint RIM OS WiMax 7-inch Around $499
Samsung Sliding Series 7 N/A Windows 7 N/A 10-inch $699
Toshiba Tablet N/A Windows 3.0 N/A 10-inch N/A
Sources: Company press releases and events, The Los Angeles Times, CNET, PC World & Phandroid

There are some clear trends and choices emerging as these devices start to pour into the market in 2011. Consumers and carriers will have some tough choices to make:
  • A compact seven-inch device or a big 10-inch screen?
  • Android, Windows 7 or -- to a far lesser extent -- RIM OS?
  • LTE, Fast 3G or WiMax?
  • Wait for Android 3.0 or grab a 2.2 device sooner and hope for an upgrade?

At this early stage of the show, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US Inc. appear to have emerged as the carriers offering the most choice in tablet devices. Although Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) will be able to boast the anticipated BlackBerry 4G PlayBook on its WiMax network by the summer.

Look for updates on the daily tablet table as the show goes on. We'll try to add release dates into the mix too, if possible. As ever, if you have details to add or feel like we've missed an important tablet announcement, please ping us on the chat board below this story.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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