Netbook Nation #25: Best of Computex 2011 Awards

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6 Jun, 2011 9:00 pm

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Computex 2011 has come and gone and we’ve been through every hall and attended pretty much every press conference to figure out what products are hot and what technology is trending. We’ve put together our Best of Computex 2011 awards to give you an idea of what is hot in mobile computing.

Best Netbook: ASUS 1025C or CE

This netbook will be coming to market in the fall in time for the holiday season, the build quality is what we’ve come to expect from ASUS netbooks. We’re keen to get our hands on this unit for testing since this Cedar Trail netbook has some great features and functionality built in to a premium and a basic model. Its an upgrade on the Sea Shell series with a metallic-finish lid, matte screen bezel, chrome finish surrounding the ports, flush-looking trackpad with chrome single button, chiclet keyboard but sadly reverting back to glossy displays. A single access slot for RAM. Some nifty features include HDMI out (finally!) and three-week length standby time. If you want to check out the hands on in its entirety:

ASUS 1025C & ASUS 1025CE

Best Tablet: Viewsonic Viewpad 7

The last generation of Viewsonic Viewpad’s were tragic to say the least, but Viewsonic has finally gotten it right with the ViewPad 7x. Its going to take some time to readjust the mentality of the consumer audience but we hope that this award is a step in the right direction. This 7 inch tablet is packing Nvidia Tegra 2, a 1024 x 600 display (don’t know what type of display), a customed Honeycomb 3.01 user interface, 2MP front / 5MP rear + flash cameras, DLNA, and for ports – micro USB, mini HDMI, SDHC card reader, headset jack and volume rocker. Weighs 380g. In comparison, the NOOK Color is 450g and the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi is 385g. We’re looking at pricing between $449 and $499 and there’s going to be Wi-Fi and HSPA+ models. We’re also hearing 4G models but that might just mean HSPA+ “4G”.

Best Hardware: Nvidia’s Kal-El aka Tegra 3

Nvidia was showing off their next generation mobile processor Kal-El or Tegra 3 The tablet was running Android 3.1 on a 10-inch 1280 x 800 screen. We got to have a play with a few really cool demos, the first being “Glow Ball”, which shows off a rolling ball demonstrating an impressive display of dynamic lightning which is being rendered in real-time and scattered over a multiplicity of surfaces. We also got to take a look at the Unreal Development Kit and Lost Planet 2, which is a PC game that only took a few months to be ported over on to the Tegra 3 “Kal-El” architecture.

Best Future Software: Windows 8

We’ve been waiting for Microsoft to come up with a touch friendly operating system for a while now, so we’re glad that they’ve come out with Windows 8! The feature we are most interested in is its focus on touch. The next generation operating system will sport larger widgets, a more streamlined User Interface (UI) and several other features that allow for easier use amongst tablet-like devices.

Most Innovative Company: ASUS

ASUS had a strong showing this year at their Press Event. The Padfone was an interesting and innovative design, the PX 101 is a MeeGo netbook that is coming in at $199 price point; ASUS 1025C/CE was awarded the Best Netbook; ASUS UX 21 is a ultraportable that we can’t wait to get our hands on; the Eee Pad MeMO has a no glasses 3D display and a companion device with a transparent display. ASUS has come to market with several devices that warrant an Award for Most Innovative Company at Computex 2011.

Favorite UnderDog: Malata

You may remember Malata as the first tablet to show off Backbreaker running on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 tablet and they’ve continued to push boundaries with devices by bringing out Canoe Lake, Intel’s reference design that was shown at Computex 2010. They’re also showing Kee-Lake which is a similar design but sporting a touch screen with hinge turning it into a tablet. In addition to being the first to come to market with Intel’s design’s they have an Nvidia Tegra 2 tablet running Honeycomb that should be priced.

If you would like to check out our Netbook Nation video of the awards here it is:

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