IPad 2 Display Leaks, Asus Chairman Predicts Mobile Apocalypse

Posted: Feb 3 2011, 3:52pm CST | by , in Rumors | Tablets

iPad 2 Display Leaks, Asus Chairman Predicts Mobile Apocalypse
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The months ahead will be very interesting.

The battle for mobile supremacy is coming to a head. New rumors place the iPad 2's reveal next week. That would pull momentum away from the Xoom and PlayBook launches, expected sometime in the middle of this month. It might also shrink the Mobile World Congress's impact. The show could suffer if more coverage goes out to the new iPad (and its resulting apps and accessories) than anything in Barcelona.

Front and rear cameras are all-but-confirmed for the iPad 2, and now 9to5mac has managed to acquire a screen from the upcoming tablet. It has a "higher quality" build and is over 1 mm thinner. It also weighs less and has less of a surrounding frame. It looks like those rumors about the iPad's reduced profile had some truth behind them.

An analyst from Concord Securities recently claimed that the iPad 2 will have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. He wouldn't reveal his sources, but also tipped a 1 MP rear-facing camera and a .3 MP font-facing camera.

The iPad 2 may be followed by a new device launch from Asus. In a February 3 interview with PC World, Asus CEO Jonney Shih claimed that his company had a "secret weapon" to combat the iPad 2. Apparently, none of the tablets launched at CES were meant to compete with the iPad.

Shih went on to predict a virtual apocalypse of mobile platforms- he believes that only three mobile operating systems will survive the current clash of computing civilizations. Acer appears to be betting on Android and Windows for two of those slots. I wonder who their pick for the third will be?

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The excitement about new smartphones, tablets and anything mobile drive Robert to unearth the latest rumors and developments in this fast moving space. He adopted 4G as soon as it become available and knows where the mobile market is going.
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