There are several Android tablets that where announced or that we heard rumours from.
This is my personal top list of the 10 most promising and well known companys we hopefully will see an Android tablet from. Note, that some of these informations are based on rumours and don’t necessarily reflect the truth:
Quinton Leigh from HTC, responsible for the south african market, confirmed according to phonereport.info that HTC is working on something like a tablet running Android, having 1080p HD video functions and a 5.1 surround audio output. (phonereport.info)
Eric E. Schmidt, CEO of Google Inc., told friends at a party in LA about a new device running Android, as the NY Times reported on April 11, 2010. Nothing is confirmed yet, but it is one of the hottest Android tablet rumours out there. (nytimes.com)
Asus chairman Jerry Shen has confirmed a device called ASUS Eee Pad to be presented at the Computex 2010 in early June, according to digitimes.com. After ASUS’ netbook conquest of the last year, this is a pretty promising perspective. (digitimes.com via slashgear.com)
Gianfranco Lanci, Acer’s CEO and president, announced at the company’s Q1 2010 investors’ conference that acer will release some MID’s by the end of May 2010. As Acer has some experience with Android on the Aspire One, rumours emerged, that the Acer MID’s will run Android too. The company did not confirm until now. (yahoo.com, electronista.com)
MSI, Micro-Star International, sales director Sambora Chen sait that MSI will launch a Nvidia Tegra based tablet computer in the second half of 2010 for around 500$ according to digitimes.com. As a MSI tablet running Android was already spotted at the CES 2010, it is expected that the planned tablet device will run Android. (digitimes.com via phandroid.com)
Philip Newton, the director of Samsung Australia’s IT division, confirmed to apcmag.com that Samsung is working on a tablet device. Another report from enews.co.kr points out that the unofficially called S-Pad could run Android as OS and will be released in August 2010. (apcmag.com, etnews.co.kr translated)
Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for the US division of Toshiba, said towards Reuters, that Toshiba will release a set of tablet computers late this year. Among them is a 10-Inch slate that will run Android. (electronista.com)
We are still waiting for Dell’s Mini 5 and wonder why it didn’t hit the Dell shops until now. Meanwhile, news about another Dell tablet, the Nvidia Tegra2 powerded ‘Looking Glass’, a 7-Inch device leaked. (androidpads.com, engadget.com)
Innovative Converged Devices presented several promising Android tablet prototypes like the ICD Vega, the ICD Ultra and the ICD Gemini. But until now, none of these devices did hit markets somewhere. Where are they? (androidpads.com)
Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha said at the Q1 2010 financial results conference, that Motorola is interested in entering the tablet market. As they already launched successfully the Droid smartphone, they have experience with Android and rumours are emerging that also Motorola’s tablet could run this OS. (electronista.com)
I hope we will know more about these devices after Computex 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan taking place from June 1-5, 2010. Android pads summer comes closer!!