updated 10:50 pm EST, Tue January 5, 2010
HP dual-screen tablet may show mid-2010
Microsoft may hope to undermine the widely anticipated Apple tablet by releasing one of its own at its keynote on Wednesday, a late rumor maintains. CEO Steve Ballmer is believed by sources for the New York Times to be using his presentation to unveil an HP tablet based on Microsoft's dual-screen Courier concept and would show the device at the event. How close it follows this design isn't stated, but e-book reading and multi-touch are claimed to be part of HP's feature set.
The tablet could be ready to ship by mid-2010 if the insiders are accurate.
Unveiling a tablet so soon into the year is already seen as a conscious attempt to undermine Apple, which could release its own tablet hardware on January 27th and could overshadow any Courier-based tablet if the latter is only revealed afterwards.