TABLETS, TABLETS, TABLETS
THIS year’s show was dedicated to tablet computers.
Many bettered the current leader, Apple’s iPad, offering more powerful, fully featured forms. Some even came in hybrid laptop form.
Motorola’s Xoom, due early this year, was among the standouts.
Powered by a 1GHz dualcore processor, it will be the first to use Google Android software created specifically for tablets.
The 10.1-inch Xoom showed off 3D Google Maps, large widgets, redesigned apps and a tablet-friendly array of icons.
Research in Motion gave users the first chance to use its 7-inch PlayBook tablet. The slick, slim computer operates quickly, and uses a touchsensitive border as a button.
But it needs a BlackBerry to receive a mobile internet connection, and doesn’t include calendar and email apps.
Other CES tablets featured unique, hybrid designs.
Samsung’s Sliding PC 7 Series tablet hides a full-sized keyboard under its screen. Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 uses Google Android until you insert it into a laptop-like shell and trigger Windows 7. And Dell’s Inspiron Duo is a netbook with a screen that flips round to take tablet form.
Expect models from LG, Toshiba, Sharp, Dell and Sony, which announced its intention to become the world’s secondbiggest tablet maker even though it has yet to show one. cessing for the first time. For many, this will eliminate the need to buy dedicated graphics cards for laptops, Intel PC client group vice-president Mooly Eden says.
But it is the advances delivered by adding graphics power that will make the greatest difference to users.
Computers with the second generation Core i3, i5 and i7 chips can use additions, including Quick Sync Video, which will convert highdefinition home movies to new formats or prepare them for YouTube in record time.
The second generation i7 chip is already being added to Dell’s new-release XPS 17 laptop with a stereoscopic 3D display. Other next-generation chips will be added to laptops next month.