Expect IPad Competitors Soon

Posted: Mar 30 2010, 11:31am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:17pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets


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Acer and AsusTek are planning to showcase their own iPad-like devices at a tech trade show in June, with similar price points that could be out as soon as the end of this year.

An Associated Press report confirms that the two computer manufacturers are working on their answer to the iPad and will officially unveil them at the Computex show in Taiwan on June 1.

A local newspaper there, the Economic Daily News, quoted unnamed sources at both companies each saying they will launch new Tablet PCs in the third quarter of this year, at less than $400.

That still gives Apple a pretty blank competition in the tablet market, which has historically sustained very little excitement before the iPad was announced.

Between Acer and AsusTek, as well as likely entries from other firms, an executive at Taipei Computer Association, which organizes Computex, said he expects as many as 10 iPad clones to show up at the event.

The main competitive edge these devices could have is price. Apple's cheapest iPad is priced at around $500.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.




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