Tablet PCs have cropped up in every manufacturers' corners at CES this year with the likes of Toshiba, LG and Asus all showing off their new devices.
Therefore research that has come out claiming that the tablet PC market is going from strength to strength, isn't really a surprise.
According to a report by the Yankee Group, which launched its erm, groundbreaking research at CES, the total global revenue from tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will increase from $16 billion in 2010 to a whopping $46 billion in 2014.
It said the the tablet sales curve was rising faster than that of HDTVs, handheld gaming consoles or even MP3 players and predicting that in 2015, the US. tablet market alone will generate more than $7 billion in revenue.
In 2010, North America leads the way accounting for 37 percent of total global tablet revenue, while by 2014, Asia-Pacific is the front-runner. The region, primarily China, will own more than half the global market (58 percent), while North America’s share will drop to just 17 percent.
The company claims that annual U.S. tablet sales will more than triple between 2010 and 2015. Tablet sales will grow at a CAGR of 31 percent, from roughly 8 million units in 2010 to 30 million units by 2015.
Companies have been quick to follow Apple's iPad lead, and are clearly driving this trend. At CES Toshiba previewed its first Android-powered tablet for the US market, which has a 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen HD display.
The tablet has a a high definition 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio and support for Adobe Flash enabled content. It also has a built-in motion sensor that gives users the option of full screen rotation and includes a rotation-lock switch to set the display in position when the user chooses. In addition, the tablet includes an on-screen keyboard with Haptic feedback for more accurate typing.
It's powered by the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 with integrated Nvidia graphics and also has not one, but two cameras.
The first is a two megapixel front-facing camera and the second, five megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos, videos and video chat. There's also an integrated GPS and compass so users can take advantage of location-based services.
The Toshiba tablet is slated to ship in the first half of 2011 with the Android Honeycomb operating system, the next version of Android designed for tablet devices.
Hot on the heels of Toshiba's announcement came one from LG, which has partnered with T Mobile to bring users the G-string, sorry, G-Slate.
The tablet will run Android Honeycomb and gives users 4G connectivity.
The tablet is slated for release later on in the year and will feature the latest Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, a collection of more than 3 million eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat.
RIM has also jumped on the 4G bandwagon announcing its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on the Sprint network.
The tablet has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS. Additional details and pricing will be released closer to launch, which is thought to be in the summer of this year.
For those looking for something more affordable, the new collection by Enspert, could be more up your street. The company has announced its 2011 Identity line, which it claims gives users "a series of affordable Android-based multimedia tablets."
The Identity tab gives users a colour LCD e-book reader along with HD-quality video playback and web browsing.
The Identity tab E201 is Wi-Fi enabled and scheduled to be available in the US. in early 2011, while the E301 with Wi-Fi and 3G will likely be available shortly after.
The E302 model is Wimax enabled and slated for distribution in select in European and Asian markets, while the E300 series of tablets are based on the Android Gingerbread platform.
Asus has also had its moment of tablet glory, announcing its Eee Slate EP121 tablet, which will run on SanDisk's 32 gigabyte GB1 and 64GB SSD cards.
Unlike many of the other tablets, this one will run Microsoft Windows 7 home premium edition, and has an Intel Core i5 processor. It has a 12-inch high-resolution touch screen, and an anorexic weight of 1.16Kg.
There's also claimed to be a10-hour battery life.
With the tablet market going crazy it's no surprise that the head honchos over in the Towers of Mordor, sorry we mean Foxconn, are planing to work with their partners to push Mirasol panels in the colour e-book reader and tablet market.
According to DigiTimes, Foxconn is aggressively working with its partners on the development of Mirasol panels and as soon as the panel is able to meet supply, related e-book reader products should start appearing in the channel, the market watchers said.