There are strong rumors giving away details regarding the future plans of major tablet manufacturers like HP, Acer and Asus. The rumors say that Inventec is about to clinch a deal from HP to make a Palm tablet running webOS. The deal is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2011.
Strongly pointing out a possible shift in HP’s OEM preferences, the rumors say that HP is planning to order 6-7 million webOS tablets from Inventec.
However with more industry grapevine, we get the detailed picture. Major players in the game like Asus, Acer, Dell, Samsung and Toshiba are planning to hatch out Intel-based tablets by the end of 2010 itself. This tablet line-up will include even i5 machine also.
To get the leverage of being the first among the group, Asus is all set to launch 12-inch tablets with i5 processors, as per some insider stories. With a rumored price tag between $1000 and $1299, these tablets are expected to hit US and European markets by the end of this year itself.
There are also unconfirmed reports that these manufacturers are waiting for Intel to bring out its Oak Trail platform.
It seems they are intending to make use of the Atom Z670 and SM35 chipset to integrate into their future tablet devices.
However, we expect to get more official details about these plans as closely as in January with the CES 2011.