Desktops and Notebooks: Intel Atom-Based Tablets with MeeGo, Android on Display at 2010 IDF
To Intel CEO Paul Otellini, tablet PCs are a fast-growing part of the industry that will continue to be what he calls an "additive" form factor, a device that people will use for a number of functions but that won't necessarily replace their need for a more robust notebook. However, there's no doubt about the impact Apple's iPad has had on rejuvenating the tablet, a form factor that has been around for more than a decade. ABI Research estimates that tablet sales could hit 11 million this year, while In-Stat believes it could grow to 58 million by 2014. A slew of systems and device makers, from HP to RIM, are lining up to roll out their own tablets, joining the likes of Dell, which already has the Streak on the market. Even Cisco has jumped in with its Android-powered Cius business tablet. And as Intel officials made clear during their Intel Developers Forum event in San Francisco, they expect to be a significant player, both with their Atom processor platform and their MeeGo operating system. At IDF, Dell officials showed off the Inspiron Duo, their configurable mobile device that can be used both as a tablet and a netbook, and a host of other tablets were put on display as well. Here is a look at some of the Android-powered tablets that cropped up at the show.