CES 2011: Tablets For Rich and Poor
As expected, it's looking like tablet computers will be making an appearance in a big way at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next January.
Earlier today, Lowell McAdam, COO of Verizon, announced that his company would unveil its first batch of 4G LTE tablets at January's CES. Considering he also said that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google , might be on hand for the proceedings, it's safe to say that regardless of whether or not the iPhone joins Verizon in 2011 , we're talking about Android tablets here.
Will this tablet be the mythical Droid Stingray, a combination of Motorola hardware, Google software and Verizon service that has only existed as an Internet rumor thus far? Possibly.
On the other end of the price spectrum, the non-profit group One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) received $5.6 million to develop a tablet PC, which it will display at CES. Unlike with its computers, OLPC will target the tablet at a wealthy, Western audience. Presumably, this represents a testing phase so OLPC can develop a cheap, reliable tablet computer for the developing world.
And much like the fabled Droid Stingray, the OLPC tablet will run on Android OS.
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