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The best new tech from the show floor in Hanover...
The CeBIT 2011 conference in Germany provided a venue for the world's hardware companies to show off new tablets and smartphones. silicon.com has rounded up the best of what was on offer.
Fujitsu demoed its business-class slate PC, the Q550 seen here, a tablet PC running the Windows 7 OS and powered by the Intel Atom Oak Trail processor.
The device offers a range of features designed to protect corporate data, such as full disk encryption, and the ability for administrators to track, recover or wipe data remotely.
The 10.1-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, and also includes a Fujitsu app launcher with large buttons designed for the touchscreen interface, seen here.
The Q550 comes with a stylus, which can be used to navigate the device or to write by hand, and built-in handwriting-recognition software.
The device has up to 64GB of SSD storage, wi-fi, Bluetooth and optional 3G/UMTS connectivity. It can also output its display to a larger screen via HDMI and offers a reported eight-hour battery life.
The Q550 slate comes with a built-in fingerprint reader, seen here in the top-right corner of the rear, and a smartcard reader.
The device will be available in the UK by June this year.
This is MSI's Windpad 100A tablet PC, which will run Android Honeycomb when it launches in the UK in the second half of this year.
The tablet is based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, which will allow it to play back 1080p HD video on its 1,280 x 800-pixel screen.
The tablet includes a front two-megapixel and rear five-megapixel camera, allowing it to be used for videoconferencing.
A shot of the MSI Windpad 100A playing back a high-definition video.
This is the Dell Venue Pro smartphone, which launched in the UK on 1 March.
The Windows Phone 7 device comes with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and a 4.1-inch WVGA Amoled touchscreen.
The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and offers 3G and wi-fi connectivity and a five-megapixel camera.
The Venue Pro integrates with Microsoft Office to allow documents to be viewed or edited and is integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server email service.
This is the Venue Pro's keyboard, which has a portrait orientation so it can be operated with one hand.
Here's the new Asus ebook reader that can turn a page in 0.4 seconds. The EA-800 device has an eight-inch 768 x 1024-pixel screen, a two-megapixel camera, a voice recorder and five kinds of pen.
Users will be able to draw pictures, make notes on the device and search text. The device can also load a variety of file types, including .doc and .docx. Battery life is 13.5 hours in continuous use and 10 days in standby.
This is the TazPad, a Google Android-powered tablet PC that features a built-in near-field communications (NFC) reader.
The NFC reader allows the tablet to access information on an NFC card or share information with an NFC-equipped device when it is touched on the tablet.
Potential uses of the NFC reader include transferring payment, reading a customer loyalty card, sharing information with another device or automatically browsing to a website whose details are stored on an NFC card.
The TazPad has a seven-inch touchscreen, wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a camera, GPS and an accelerometer. It also includes the option for users to authenticate themselves biometrically before using the device.