Apple iPad 'may face Google Chrome tablet PC'Google Chrome tablet and Sony tablet PC looming?

05 February 2010

Apple iPad

Apple's high-profile iPad touchscreen tablet PC may face stiff competition from rivals such as Google, Sony and X2 following the iPad's launch in March 2010 worldwide.

Since Apple revealed details of its iPad tablet in January, speculation has been betting on the manufacturers that will launch rival tablet PC products - with Google, Sony and X2 all rumoured to be launching tablet PCs.

Take a look at our hands-on first look of the new Apple iPad to see how it strikes the balance between a laptop and a smartphone such as the Apple iPhone 3G S.

Google Chrome tablet

The developers behind Chromium OS - the open-source project that underpins Google's Chrome mobile operating system - have revealed concept designs for a tablet PC running on Google Chrome.

The Google Chrome tablet concept designs showcases a range of touchscreen tablet PC features, including: 

  • A range of touch-screen keypad configurations, including a split keyboard with keys assigned to left and right hands
  • Different methods of launching Google Chrome applications
  • Tabs presented along the side of the screen of the Google Chrome interface
  • Creating multiple Chrome web browsers on screen using a launcher

Find out what Which? thinks of the Google Chrome OS.

Sony tablet

Sony's plans to launch a rival to the Apple iPad are less concrete. In an article, Sony's chief financial officer Nobuyuki Oneda reportedly told analysts that Sony is interested in this segment of the market and that it has the necessary technology to produce a tablet. 

But, according to, Sony's chief financial officer also indicated that no product launch was imminent. He acknowledged that Apple had stolen a lead, saying: 'There is no denying that we are running a bit behind.'

X2 iTablet?

There have also been reports today by many technology websites that a little known UK-based company, X2 Computing, plan to launch a Windows and Linux-based touchscreen tablet dubbed the iTablet.

Which? has been unable to confirm reports with X2 itself, but rumoured specs include a choice of 10.2-inch and 12.1-inch widescreen versions with up to 250GB hard disks and 1.6GHz Intel processors, multiple USB ports and webcams.

Which? tablet coverage

Which? will be first looking new tablet PCs, including the iPad, and will put tablet PCs through its independent Which? Labs.  

Read the Which? laptops review for a wide range of Best Buy laptops that are easy to use on the go.

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