Toshiba's Satellite L750 isn't the only new piece of computing hardware from the company today; there's also a swanky new all-in-one PC. The Toshiba DX1215 has a 21.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, behind which lurks either a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or i7 processor and a 1TB 7,200 rpm hard-drive running Windows 7.
Back in late May, we talked about the interesting looking Gigabyte S1080 Windows 7 tablet that sports a USB 3.0 port. The tablet is interesting with Windows 7 allowing it to turn much of the software that you are used to on your notebook or desktop. The tablet packs in a 1.66GHz Atom N550 processor, has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, and weighs in at 0.9kg. The machine sounds a lot like a netbook in specifications.
Lenovo has confirmed that it has two Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets in the pipeline for 2011, as well as a Windows 7 model for release later in the year. According to COO Rory Read, DowJones reports, Lenovo will have both a consumer slate - the IdeaPad K1 aka LePad - and an enterprise model falling under its ThinkPad heading, presumably the same tablet we saw leaked back in April.
Although we all know that Microsoft is heading into tablets with a completely revamped Windows 8, some of us may be too impatient to wait several months until the first Windows 8 tablet hits the market. And if Android and iOS tablets don't suit your taste, then there are still tablets outfitted with Windows 7. In fact, Archos has just tweeted today an all new follow-up to their Archos 9 PC Tablet with some upgraded specs.
Two slabs of Dell tablet news this morning, as a hitherto-unseen QWERTY prototype breaks cover and the company confirms that the 10-inch Dell Streak 10 Pro will make its official debut in China first, rather than the US or Europe. Dell VP and mobility manager John Thode told CNET that Android's immaturity and US carrier control were the main reasons for the staggered launch of the Streak 10 Pro, which will have a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, 5-megapixel rear camera, and run NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor.
There's a whole lot riding on Windows 8. Windows 7 may be the big player on the desktop, but when it comes to tablets Microsoft has carved itself a niche in the corner. The company has arguably been the longest proponent of the tablet form-factor - Windows XP Tablet Edition was released almost nine years ago - but in recent years its stylus-centric hardware has failed to gain traction amid iOS and Android models. Now, with its first demonstration of how Windows 8 will handle this new generation of tableteers, Microsoft is setting out its stall for where it sees the slate segment developing. Finger on the pulse or just plain out of touch?
MSI doesn't just have new notebooks and a stonkingly fast video card for Computex; the company has also brought a new range of Wind Box compact desktops. The MSI Wind Box DC100 we've already seen at CeBIT, but the Wind Box DC540 and Hetis H61 - offering a choice of AMD or Intel Core processors, depending on model, as well as up to 1080p Full HD video output - are both new.
All of a sudden, ViewSonic's new ViewPad 10Pro tablet is looking a lot more interesting. Although billed as a dual-OS slate, which led us to believe it would switch between Windows 7 and Android in the same way as the older ViewPad 10, in fact the 10Pro uses BlueStacks, the clever Parallels-but-for-Android-apps-on-Windows software we first mentioned back in April. Rather than demanding that you switch wholesale between Microsoft's OS and Google's, you'll be able to use Android apps alongside Windows software.
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.