Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled three tablet PCs due for release in 2010 during his Jan. 6 keynote address: one from Pegatron, one from Archos and one (far right) from Hewlett-Packard. Although Ballmer declined to give the HP device a name or price point, he said it would surf the Web and display video and e-books.
To go along with its sporty and distinctive logo, the Acer Ferrari One packs a bit of power under the hood, courtesy of an AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor L310. Weighing 3.31 pounds with a 6-cell battery, and boasting an 11.6-inch HD screen, the device will run Windows 7 Home Premium or Home Basic.
As the netbook market continues to crowd with new models, manufacturers have been carving out new niches with both higher-powered “ultra-thins” and smaller “smartbooks,” which are a small-scale hybrid of a smartphone and netbook.