TVs, TVs and more TVs were the big draw at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. Everything from 3D TVs to LED to OLED lit up (literally) the tradeshow floor. Another big buzz word that has been repeated incessantly since CES—Ultrabook. But we won’t get into that now. Let’s focus on the tablets as there are some that could potentially be winners once they are officially released to the public.
Now available from AT&T for $299.99 (with a contract), the Pantech Element is sporting an 8-inch display. It’s not quite the 10-inch display of the iPad2, but it does have an inch more real estate than the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive. Running Android Honeycomb with a 1.5 GHz duel-core processor, it looks to be fairly speedy. It also comes equipped with rear and front cameras (5 and 2 megapixels, respectively).
Asus Memo 370T
Running Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core, NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, the 7-inch Asus Memo 370T tablet might just be the game changer everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure until it is released sometime in Quarter 2 for $250. You’ll also find the device has an 8 megapixel camera and even HDMI output.
Acer Iconia Tab A700
Another Android tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich (it’s been customized though) and a 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 includes a 10.1-inch display putting it in direct competition with the iPad. According to Engadget, this device was only ‘leaked’ at CES and may never come to market, which could be why there wasn’t any pricing information. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Lenovo Idea Tab S2
Ice Cream Sandwich comes up again with this new Android tablet from Lenovo. The Lenovo Idea Tab S2 is jumping into the 10-inch tablet market. However, the Idea Tab S2 only weighs 20 ounces. While it is running Ice Cream Sandwich it only includes a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The processor isn’t anything to sneeze at, though. Also looking at a second quarter 2012 release, I’m definitely interested to see this one in person.
Of course this is just a small sampling of the many tablets that were featured at this year’s CES. Hopefully as they are made available to the public, I’ll be able to get my hands on them for future reviews.
Megan Greer is an account specialist for OverDrive.