Challengers to Apple Tablet Dominate CES

Microsoft, HP, Amazon, Lenovo launch preemptive strike
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 12:56 PM CST
Another version of the Lenovo Skylight, shown here, has a detachable screen that works as a tablet.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Denizens of the non-Apple world—Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, etc.—appear to be starting competition with the Mac-daddy’s rumored tablet computer before its expected unveiling later this month with a preemptive strike at the Consumer Electronics Show. But whatever the CES reveals, Apple is keeping mum. A look at what's out there:

  • Microsoft, of course, has its own rumored “Courier” tablet—which the New York Times notes is a collaboration with HP—that may see the light of day tonight during Steve Ballmer’s keynote speech.

  • Lenovo raised the veil on its Skylight smartbook yesterday, but today the company will announce a variation with a detachable touchscreen monitor that serves as a tablet, Fast Company reports.
  • Amazon is also in the mix, trying to salvage share of the quickly obsolete Kindle with an international version.
  • HP will offer a “pseudo-tablet PC like experience” in the body of a netbook.

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