Lenovo, Toshiba and Vizio to debut new tablets at CES

Amongst other companies, Lenovo, Toshiba and Vizio have confirmed they'll be debuting a number of new tablet devices to compete against the likes of Apple's iPad in the new year at the world's biggest consumer electronics show, CES 2011.

Lenovo will reportedly debut two tablets at the event, PC World says, with one thought to be the LePad which was shown off last year but has since been plagued by delays. The tablets will reportedly sell for "multiple price points," and will likely run a customised version of Android, Google's open source mobile operating system.

Meanwhile Toshiba has revealed to Engadget their own new 10.1" tablet, which will run a future edition of Android to be dubbed "Honeycomb" and features a front and back-facing camera with 2mp and 5mp resolutions respectively, 1280 x 800 resolution display, an accelerometer and ambient light sensor (like on the iPad). The tablet also boasts a USB, HDMI, mini-USB and SD card slots, and has a rubberised "EasyGrip" backing which can be swapped and taken off to reveal the insides of the tablet, allowing the battery to be changed.

Toshiba's new tablet device (Image Credit: Engadget)

Toshiba's new tablet device (Image Credit: Engadget)

Toshiba's tablet will also be the first to make use of NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 mobile processor, and weighs 1.7-pounds. Pricing for Toshiba's tablet is yet to be revealed, but it's thought the device will ship in the first half of 2011, when Google makes the "Honeycomb" update official.

And Vizio, a large American LCD television manufacturer, has revealed they will be making their way into the tablet arena with a new tablet dubbed the Via Tablet which features an 8" screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, a front-facing video camera and three speakers. The tablet will, like Toshiba's device, run Android although it's unclear at this stage whether it will be the as yet unreleased Honeycomb edition or a currently available version. Pricing will be revealed closer to the tablets release.

  Vizio Tablet to be revealed at CES 2011  

The all-new Vizio tablet (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Vizio has also confirmed they'll be launching their first phone alongside the Via Tablet, to be called the Via Phone. It will be two times smaller, with a 4" screen and will feature two cameras - one on the front for video calls, and the other on the rear of the device for use as a camera of video recorder with a resolution of 5 mega-pixels.

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primexx said,
Too bad MS killed off Courier.

I think it was a smart move on the part of MS. The concept was nice, but the useability wasn't there. Even in todays technological age, we still find people who barely know how to use their devices. Adding a whole new conceptual model around digital interaction would have been a massive failure outside of the enthusiast market who by anything with the Microsoft moniker.

When they get it right, then I want it. I don't want some half-baked research project that sort of works.

I'm getting the ugly feeling that Microsoft will be a big fat tablet zero until Win 8. My god we had to wait so long for the phone, do we really have to wait just as long for a tablet? Embarrasing. Phone is nice though.

jimmyfal said,
I'm getting the ugly feeling that Microsoft will be a big fat tablet zero until Win 8. My god we had to wait so long for the phone, do we really have to wait just as long for a tablet? Embarrasing. Phone is nice though.

How soon people forget... remember Netbooks? How "Microsoft was late" and had no chance to catch up? How Linux ruled? What happened to all that? I get ti that Netbooks are not all the rage anymore, but MS OS shipps on about 98% of those for a while now.

I'd rather they wait for the right hardware (which tyhey already said they were - with new Intel CPUs around the corner) - than to bring a bunch of crap products out there - like another OS did...

BigBoy said,

How soon people forget... remember Netbooks? How "Microsoft was late" and had no chance to catch up? How Linux ruled? What happened to all that? I get ti that Netbooks are not all the rage anymore, but MS OS shipps on about 98% of those for a while now.

I'd rather they wait for the right hardware (which tyhey already said they were - with new Intel CPUs around the corner) - than to bring a bunch of crap products out there - like another OS did...

Windows 8 is supposed to work on light weight ARM processors. The software needs to catch up to the hardware for a Windows tablet to be as useful as an iPad. They will be 1.5 years late to the tablet party.

Jebadiah said,
Windows 8 is supposed to work on light weight ARM processors. The software needs to catch up to the hardware for a Windows tablet to be as useful as an iPad. They will be 1.5 years late to the tablet party.

It's not like iOS or android are comparable to a desktop OS, come on. I think a lot of people are waiting for a tablet which has the power in hardware and software to actually be useful for things other than browsing the web and playing angry birds, whether this be from Microsoft or any other company.

Interested in seeing if any of these are worth getting. I've been a big fan of the iPad since I got one last year. The form factor + capacitive multi-touch input has been awesome. My only real complaint is the weight. Android may not be for everyone, but competition is. If anything, I'm sure the competition will keep the iPad from stagnation.

Windows 7 is not mentioned by any of these company. Hoping for some slates at CES with good battery life.

thealexweb said,
I wonder what the ratio of tablets unveiled running Android to Windows will be XD 10: 1 maybe? Microsoft won't be happy

But at the same time, Android sucks on the tablet.

Frylock86 said,

But at the same time, Android sucks on the tablet.

With the low-end ones you get what you pay for but the Galaxy Tab is just awesome

thealexweb said,

With the low-end ones you get what you pay for but the Galaxy Tab is just awesome

I've used the Tab and the iPad and the Tab feels very unfinished OS wise.

thealexweb said,
I wonder what the ratio of tablets unveiled running Android to Windows will be XD 10: 1 maybe? Microsoft won't be happy

Well suposedly Microsoft has something up it sleeves this time at CES regarding Windows-based tablets. Maybe a possible Metro theme for Windows, and some Intel Oak Trail chips could be a winning combo. Perhaps most manufacturers are keeping mum.