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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Number of Under $500 Tablets Coming by June 2011

With demands soaring for tablet PC around the world, the number of competitors in the tablet PC market is also increasing day by day. Samsung Galaxy was released last year to challenge Apple’s iPad. Then last month Motorola released Xoom with the same intention in mind.

Now, a leaked document, acquired by Precentral, indicates there are as much as 9 tablet PCs waiting to be released by June 2011. Among them few will come with 10-inch display and others with 7-inch. The most important thing is pricing. If the leaked document is to be believed, there are at least 8 tablet PCs to be available for less than $500.

Here is the list of tablet PCs waiting in the release queue as the leaked document shows:

Manufacturer

Operating System

Pricing

Schedule

Motorola 10”

First 10” tablet with Android Honeycomb

$649

March 17th

Blackberry 7”

QNX (Blackberry exclusive)

$499, $599, $699 (based on hard drive)

March 27th

Dell 7”

March launch with Android 2.2 (Froyo)

$499

End of March

Samsung 7”

March launch with Android 2.2 (Froyo)

$499

End of March

Acer 7”

First 7” tablet with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

$399

April

HTC 10”

Android Honeycomb

TBD

June

Dell 10”

Android Honeycomb

$499

June

Acer 10”

Android Honeycomb

$499

June

Toshiba 10”

Android Honeycomb

$499

June

HP 10”

WebOS (HP Exclusive)

$499 - $599 (hard drive)

June

HP 7”

WebOS (HP Exclusive)

TBD

September

No doubt, the list shows a number of lucrative deals including the Acer tablet priced at $399. Its features are also attractive as it comes with a 7-inch display featuring excellent 1,280 X 800 pixel which is same as Motorola Xoom. It also features Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, a dual-core processor, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support, 3G support, Dolby sound, a camera on the front for video calling. However, it is still unknown if the Acer 7-inch device will feature both Wi-Fi and 3G for the $399 pricing.

RIM’s Blackberry PlayBook will be available from 27 March in three price range: $499, $599 and $699- depending on the storage capacity. Besides, Samsung, Dell, HP, HTC and Toshiba will also launch their tablets. Moreover, Dell and HP will come up with both 7-inch and 10-inch tablet PCs.

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