Earlier this week I asked if Android fans actually prefer iPads when it comes to tablets. Many of you said you’re still waiting to see what tablets may be around the corner, so let’s take a look at what 14 of the biggest tablet makers have up their R&D sleeves.
Amazon: I wish Amazon would just release its tablet already. Current ETA is well before Christmas, and this week there was heavy suggestion it’d be a 9- or 10.1-inch iPad rival, more than a Kindle replacement. I also wonder if Amazon might finally come to Australia.
BlackBerry (RIM): The Playbook has arrived and it’ll run soon run Android apps. There were rumours of a 10-inch follow up, but they’ve been nixed, possibly in favour of a 4.3-inch phone. Meanwhile, here are 10 reasons why BlackBerry could be screwed.
Dell: I actually liked the 5-inch Dell Streak a lot, so I’m curious what Dell has up its sleeve. The 7-inch Streak never really made it out here, but we do know Dell is working on a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet codenamed “Peju”. Yes, that means sperm. Current speculation suggests it’ll be called the Latitude ST and will arrive in October. We also know that Dell is on board with Microsoft for Windows 8 tablets.
HTC: Over in the States, HTC has two 7-inchers: The new Evo View 4G Gingerbread tablet and the Flyer. In Australia? Neither. I’ve reached out to learn if either model we be localised for our shores, and I’ll update you here.
Huawei: Definitely considering Australia more and more in its plans, and will release a 7-inch MediaPad with Android 3.2 here by September.
Motorola: Could Motorola’s next tablet, possibly dubbed the Xoom 2, ditch the 16:9 ratio in favour of iPad-like dimensions? Current rumour is that the 10-incher will have a high-res display and run Android Ice Cream, too.
Samsung: The next tablet will arrive either in or around August. The exact date is in flux, but that’s the official word from Samsung Australia. My guess: It’s the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab, and it’s very likely to arrive as part of an exclusive carrier agreement.
Sony: See: Hands On With Sony’s Gorgeous New Android Tablets. No Australian dates yet, but wow. Looking very interesting.
Toshiba: Toshiba’s new Honeycomb tablet, the AT100, has only just arrived for $579. I’m actually sitting next to it right now. Stay tuned for thoughts.
Over to you guys. Anything listed that you have your eye on? Have I missed any juicy rumours? Let me know in the comments.