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Photos: iPad clones come out to play at Computex gadget fest

Tablets galore plus a bendable screen, super-skinny netbook and 3D camcorder...
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Tablets galore plus a bendable screen, super-skinny netbook and 3D camcorder...

The launch of Apple's iPad has shocked the moribund tablet-PC market back to life - with analysts forecasting millions of slate devices will ship this year.

Little wonder, then, that the Computex tradeshow which took place in Taipei last week was awash with tablet news - as electronics companies scrambled to offer new competition to the iPad.

Netbook and PC maker Asus announced two main flavours of tablet at the show - pictured above is the Asus Eee Pad EP121, a 12-inch Windows 7-based offering which packs an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor.

Photo credit: Asus

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The company also has a 10-inch version of the Eee Pad - the EP101TC - in the pipeline (shown above).

The device will run Windows Embedded Compact 7 - a stripped-down version of Microsoft's OS aimed specifically at tablets, which also debuted at Computex.

Photo credit: Asus

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Asus also announced this device, known as the Eee Tablet.

More old-school notepad than iPad, the device has a monochrome TFT-LCD display designed for viewing e-books, and sketching or making annotations with its accompanying stylus.

Photo credit: Asus

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Another tablet that popped up at Computex was this Quanta Redvale prototype - shown off in a video demo during Intel's keynote.

The tablet was demoed running the open source OS, MeeGo - a product of Nokia and Intel's merger of the Maemo and Moblin 2 platforms.

Photo credit: Intel

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Yet another shiny tablet taking in the oxygen of publicity at Computex was this offering, made by PC and netbook maker MSI.

The 10-inch touchscreen MSI tablet will come with either Windows 7 (shown above), or Google Android 2.1 (shown on the following page). The pair are known as the WindPad 100 and WindPad 110 respectively.

Photo credit: CNET Taiwan

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The Windows-based WindPad 100 has an Intel processor, while the Android-based WindPad 110 (shown above) runs on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.

Photo credit: CNET Taiwan

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Tablets weren't the only tech story coming out of Taipei: Intel also had this skinny dual-core netbook on show.

At 14mm it's the world's thinnest netbook, according to the company - shaving millimetres off even Apple's fits-in-a-manila-envelope MacBook Air.

Photo credit: Intel

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However, Apple's Steve Jobs doesn't need to fret just yet: the 'razor book' is just a reference design.

Intel is using the prototype to show off the capabilities of its Canoe Lake platform - which it says enables netbooks that are up to 50 per cent thinner than those in the market today.

Photo credit: Intel

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Toshiba also had a futuristic slice of kit on show at Computex: this prototype flexible screen enables a user to zoom in and out of digital content by bending the screen, as seen on this YouTube demo video.

Screenshot: YouTube by silicon.com

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Another innovative piece of kit on show in the Far East is this 3D mini-camcorder made by Aiptek. The device has two lenses for recording high-definition footage in 3D - glasses for viewing are included in the box.

Photo credit: Aiptek

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