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CES 2010 Wrap-Up: Noah's Top 5 Mobile Stories

2. Tablets! That's what we want, right?

I spent a lot of time talking with Aaron, Adriana and John about whether or not the market actually wants - let alone needs - tablet computers. Either way, we're going to have them foisted upon us in record numbers this year. Without even mentioning the Apple tablet that the blogs and stock traders are so excited about, we saw a ton of tablets and tablet concepts at CES. Many of them ran either Android or another Linux-based OS. A good handful of them were built on NVIDIA's new Tegra 2 chipset. All of them promised light weight, all-day battery life, and drool-worthy multimedia performance. 

Two tablets, in particular, are on my "keep an eye on it" list right now:

 

ICD's Verizon-bound Ultra LTE Tablet

This 7" touchscreen slate was being shown in prototype form, and is slated for release on Verizon when the carrier begins rolling out its LTE (4G) network later this year. Built around Tegra 2 and a Motorola LTE radio, the device should be able to handle Hi-Def video including 1080p output via HDMI, and of course be suitable for all sorts of on-the-go Internet tasks.

 

Notion Ink's Adam E-Reader/Tablet

(Image Via: Gizmodo)

Also shown in prototype form, Adam uses Pixel Qi's awesome new display technology that an shift from E Ink to LCD in a few blinks of an eye. I know plenty of readers who love their Kindles, but a greyscale only device seems so mono-purpose to me in today's age of convergence. Enter Pixel Qi's 10.1" transflective screen, which has one mode that looks much like E Ink (for reading) and another that's a backlit color LCD (for everything else). Adam runs Android 2.0 and, yes, has Tegra 2 inside.

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