Taiwan makers to display 10 iPad-like devices at Computex

Some companies remain nervous about whether people will like tablet devices

Taiwanese companies will show off "at least 10" devices similar to Apple's upcoming iPad at the Computex electronics show in June, one of the event's organizers said Tuesday.

"All the major laptop PC companies will have a tablet device to show at Computex," said Chang Li, deputy secretary general of the Taipei Computer Association, which co-organizes the Computex Taipei trade show, which runs from June 1 - 5 this year.

Chang declined to say what kind of chips or software the tablets will use. Taiwanese companies that make notebook computers include Acer, Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology, Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics.

Asustek executives have already said they plan to launch a tablet PC later this year to compete with the iPad, while MSI displayed a tablet PC with a 10-inch screen running Google's Android mobile software at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early this year. A Compal device with a 7-inch screen, also with Android, has been shown in Taipei. The MSI and Compal tablet PCs both had Nvidia Tegra chips inside.

MSI has taken a more cautious approach to the tablet device market since giving the market a peek at its device.

"We're waiting to see the market's response to Apple's iPad," said Erika Jean, a marketing director in the notebook sales division at MSI. It's expensive to launch a new kind of product, she said, and risky because failures are costly.

Tablet devices have been launched before to little fanfare in the market, touted as good tools for workers but haven't caught on in a big way. This time may be different. Apple believes a wireless Internet connection and 9.7-inch touchscreen on the iPad will make the device good for surfing the Web, watching movies, reading books, gaming and using a range software applications.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags notebookstablet PCsapple ipad

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Dan Nystedt

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?