By now, you’ve probably seen the Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser video (if you haven’t don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – Click Here) and you maybe wondering what’s happening in Berlin on September 2nd, as pointed to at the end of the video. Well we’re guessing it’ll be the official announcement of the tablet, before the IFA kicks off on the 3rd. What is the IFA? Well, it’s one of the biggest consumer electronics shows in Europe and is where Samsung amongst quite a few other manufacturers, have chosen to showcase their latest and greatest inventions.
We already know quite a bit about the Galaxy Tab following the leak from South Korea yesterday, but what if the Samsung Galaxy isn’t quite your cup of tea? What other Android touting tablets are we expecting to be revealed at the IFA? Well feast your eyes below for the full run down of the one we know about:
ViewSonic ViewPad 7
Firstly, we have this, the ViewPad 7 which is said to be a cheap and cheerful tablet PC. Cheap and cheerful doesn’t necessarily mean that functionality has been compromised though, with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SD card support, front and rear cameras and a 7 inch screen, if ViewSonic manage to get a decent interface on this, it could prove a perfect low cost alternative to the Galaxy Tab.
Next up we have not one but five tablets (supposedly) heading to the IFA from Archos. These are said to range in size from the 10 inch iPad rival down to a rather miniature 2.8 inch tablet which we’re not quite sure qualifies as a tablet so much as an oversized touchscreen watch. Anyway, we’re going to assume that this also falls under the heading of cheap and cheerful, since Archos aren’t particularly well known for their PC expertise but more so for media players meaning these tablets should have quite a wide range of media format support.
MSI are said to be bringing two laptops along to the IFA, a Windows 7 touting Windpad 100 and an Android Windpad 110. Although, we’re not convinced by the naming (Windpad – Windows Pad?) and expect to see it carrying a different moniker at the IFA. Both tablets are said to be sporting 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processors and a stock UI known as WindTouch (again, Windows Touch?) as well as built in web cams. We’re not sure about this one, it’s rumoured to be around $400 which doesn’t quite put it in the cheap and cheerful category but likely to be somewhere in between this and the Galaxy Tab.
HTC Google Chrome OS Tablet
Technically this isn’t an Android tablet but is definitely worth a mention since it’s coming from the Google camp. Said to be sporting the web based Chrome OS and being produced by HTC, this is the only tablet we’ve mentioned so far that could truly give the Galaxy Tab a run for its money and given HTC’s recent success with its smartphones, we doubt they’re likely to ease off the accelerator peddle and miss this opportunity to dominate the Tablet market too. We don’t know much about this tablet, but you can should expect something rather special, given that Google won’t want a repeat of the Nexus One, which to be fair is an awesome phone but was far too late to the party here in the UK.
Okay, so these probably aren’t going to make an appearance at the IFA but are still worthy of a mention. A French publication yesterday pointed towards Orange carrying three tablets in the not so distant future, according to the translation, these will supposedly be a subsidised iPad, an Android Tablet (Galaxy Tab?) and also an Orange own branded tablet that is said to be ‘made by a famous Asian company’ according to the translation and early rumours seem to point towards this being Foxconn.
Well, that about covers all of the tablets we’ve seen rumoured so far that we’re exepcting to see at the IFA and if we’re honest, the real competition here seems to be between Samsung and HTC/Google. The majority of the tablets seem to be falling in the cheap and cheerful end of the spectrum, we were hoping to see some more in the way of high end devices looking to stick it to the iPad. Let us know what you think and keep an eye on the blog for our run down of the IFA.