It's not just ASUS, Gigabyte and ViewSonic talking tablets at Computex 2011; MSI has also brought along some slates from its updated WindPad range. The MSI WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A run Windows 7 and Android respectively, both having 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS displays. The WindPad 110W gets an AMD Brazos CPU with Radeon HD 6250 graphics to call its own, while the WindPad 100A uses an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core, which we're guessing is the Tegra 2.
ViewSonic has officially launched the ViewPad 7x, the company's 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet leaked earlier this month, along with bringing its new dual-booting 10-inch slate, the ViewPad 10Pro. The ViewPad 7x packs NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor along with HSPA+, HDMI and a 1024 x 600 display, while the ViewPad 10Pro gets a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Z670 processor running either Windows 7 Pro or Android 2.2.
NVIDIA promised big things for their quad-core Kal-El chip, the next-gen Tegra processor that pairs a quartet of CPU cores with twelve GPU cores, and the company is demonstrating some of that goodness at Computex 2011 this week. First up is a gaming demo of a new, homegrown game, Glowball, running on a prototype Kal-El powered Android Honeycomb tablet. As you can see in the video after the cut, the quad-core chip allows for high-quality dynamic lighting effects with responsiveness you simply couldn't get from a dual-core like the Tegra 2.
ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer is turning into quite the hackers' dream, and now the Tegra 2 slate has been coaxed into offering an extra slap of speed. Netarchy over at xda-developers has released Netformer 1.2, a tool that - among other things - can overclock the Transformer from its 1GHz stock speed to 1.4GHz.
The Dell Streak Pro 10-inch Android tablet is apparently set to launch in June, and will run Android 3.x Honeycomb on NVIDIA's 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 T20, not the faster, 3D-capable T25. The 261 x 176.4 x 12.9 mm, 720g slate is expected to have a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 like other Honeycomb tablets we've seen and, according to Tweakers' sources, will be offered with various accessories including a "productivity dock" and a folding cover with an integrated keyboard.
Samsung helped lead the Android tablet charge last year, with the original Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch slate which even Google admitted may have been released before the OS was ready. Now, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets like the XOOM, G-Slate and Eee Pad Transformer on the market, Samsung is back with its second attempt, the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1. Heavily reworked - even after its first official appearance - in order to better compete with the iPad 2, Samsung has high hopes that this is the slender slate to knock Apple off its pedestal. SlashGear brought back the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition white version from Google I/O 2011 this week; check out the full review after the cut.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has revealed that the company has already found 10 design wins for the upcoming quad-core "Kal-El" next-gen processor, leading the outspoken exec to predict that, within three years, Android tablets will be outselling Apple's iPad. Speaking at the Reuters summit, Huang pointed to the rapid progress of Android smartphones, suggesting that the same pattern would hold true in tablets.
The noise swirling around about a potential Amazon tablet is getting louder by the week. Just recently, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos coyly responded with a "stay tuned" when directly asked about a tablet being in the works, while later tips from industry insiders reveal that Amazon may have a whole family of tablets in the works.
Google IO may have seen its fair share of new devices, but it's not the only new Android hardware due this month. Viewsonic is apparently readying a new Honeycomb tablet, the Viewsonic 7x, and according to Pocket-lint it slots in at the smaller end of the spectrum with a 7-inch display.
With NVIDIA's acquisition of Icera Semiconductor today, they have taken an important step in developing a fully optimized mobile platform with two key technologies. The chipset and the baseband processor are two of the most important decisions a company makes when they are looking to develop a mobile solution. NVIDIA has now positioned themselves to offer a competitive solution with both key technologies.
Asus already has some cool tablets on the market today. The Eee Pad Transformer is one of the coolest tablets on the market with a design that allows the tablet to be docked with a keyboard that also has an internal battery to allow the thing to be used like a notebook. The Transformer only launched recently and so far, there are shortages of the tablet making them scarce. We posted up our review of the Transformer yesterday.