With Apple getting the jump on everybody, the true tablet showdown is scheduled for this year since the majority of PC (and even cellphone) manufacturers are ready to jump the market with their own devices. Apple’s traditional smartphone rival, BlackBerry, is due to release the BlackBerry PlayBook. Featuring a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB RAM and front and rear cameras, the PlayBook is one of the most anticipated tablets yet. HP’s often delayed Slate 500, running Windows 7, is also set to finally enter the market. It should sport a zippy Intel 1.86 GHz Atom Z540 CPU, GMA500 graphics, 2 GB RAM and a 64 GB SSD, making it the most powerful tablet yet. The 8.9″ device will display at an impressive 1024 x 600 resolution and should play HD content without a hiccup. Also to watch out for is the Cisco Cius, HP PalmPad, the dual-screen Acer Iconia notebook/ tablet and devices from Toshiba amongst others.
Despite all these efforts, Apple might just steal the show again. Though its predecessor is just a few months old, there are already rumours (apple idpad 2 rumers) of the iPad 2 making an appearance as soon as February (apple ipad 2 release date). At this stage it is widely believed that the iPad 2 will feature (apple ipad2 features) front and rear facing cameras, also supporting the iPhone 4’s FaceTime video calling.
Increases in the processor and memory sectors are also likely, while the screen resolution should also get a boost. The iPad 2 is surrounded by a strict veil of Apple lawyers at the moment, but when more info drops, we’ll be there to report. The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this month should provide a more solid tablet roadmap. Tablet PC competition is very stiff in 2011 and there are many tablet PC competitors in the market. HP slate 500 vs Ipad and Blackberry playbook vs Ipad will be major battels in 2011 in the war of tablet PC.