Of all the
tablet rumors circulating, Apple is easily the most talked about
entry into the tablet market, and the company hasn't even said
officially it is working on a tablet. In December 2009, analysts said
that a tablet
was coming from Apple in March or April. The mere rumor of a
launch date for the Apple tablet sent
its stock price up in late December.
Apple has an event
planned for later this month that many believe will be the official
unveiling of the Apple tablet. Before Apple has a chance to pull the
tablet out of the closet, Microsoft and HP are expected to reveal
their own tablet computer.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will
a slate computer during his keynote at CES 2010 in Las Vegas
reports the New York Times. The worst thing that Microsoft and
HP could do is pull out a device that is a halfhearted attempt to get
to market first. Being first is no guarantee of success in this
market, especially considering Apple's history of
Windows Mobile smartphones were on the market long
before Steve Jobs pulled the first iPhone from his pocket and the
iPhone is now more popular than Windows Mobile Devices according to
some statistics. Sources cited by the NYT claim that the HP
tablet will be pushed as a multimedia gadget and will have an eReader
and multi touch functions built-in.
Most tech fanatics out there, however,
are probably expecting the device to look similar to the Courier
concepts that were floating around the web last Fall. That
concept featured dual multi-touch screens and was capable of
accepting pen input. If the device that Ballmer is expected to unveil
tonight looks and operates anywhere close to the Courier concept,
Microsoft and HP could have a hit on their hands.
DailyTech will be there to get
first hand footage of the device.