Each manufacturer has its forecasts on sales of their own tablets. Manufacturers could also fulfill this, because the most important Christmas season is still ahead.
Lenovo expect to ship 1.5- 2 million tablet Pcs, composed of 400,000-500,000 ThinkPad series business-use models and 1-1.5 million IdeaPad K1, A1 along with other series consumer models, based on Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Over a month ago Microsoft has unveiled its new operating system Windows 8 to run not only on PCs, but also on tablets. We have seen even a few Tablet prototype with Windows 8, the first tablets will appear probably until next year. At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft shows a Windows 8 Tablet concept presented to the participants. We do not learn much new unfortunately, only the images you see below. With Windows 8 you can use a tablet like all that possible with a PC just with touching the screen.
Last year a very interesting convertible NetBook/tablet was unveiled at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Lenovo IdeaPad U1 which reminds a little of the Asus EEE Pad transformer. The transformer was introduced a year after the U1 and is already available, but now apparently also Lenovo draws to. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 has finally appeared at the FCC, which means that it is likely coming soon on the market. As with the Transformer, Lenovo U1 also has a NetBook docking station for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet, which is sold separately. The special feature of U1 NetBook dock is not only has its own battery, but also Intel processor and hard drive with Windows 7 operating system!
Asus will bring out the Asus EEE Pad Slider, a tablet with integrated with a peekaboo QWERTY stashed behind the screen this holiday season. According to the DigiTimes, Asus is not the only manufacturer with such a tablet, but also Acer rumored works on a sliding Android tablet. It is still not much known about, except that the display is probably 10 inches in size. The ARM-powered device is reportedly being manufactured by Compal. If the Acer sliding Tablet appears later this year, it will certainly use Android 3.2 Honeycomb or Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its Operating System.