updated 12:55 pm EST, Mon January 24, 2011
About 76 tablets and e-readers shipped at CES
An unofficial tracker from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer extent to which companies leapt on the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers having shipped, including not just major entries such as the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also relative newcomers such as Enspert's Identity Tab line and Notion Ink Adam. The list factors in 24 generic tablets at Freescale's booth.
The list isn't complete and doesn't include some close relatives, such as Enspert's S200 VoIP Home Hub, and devices that have been confirmed officially or otherwise but weren't formally unveiled at the show. HTC's Flyer and Scribe are known to be in the works. Samsung has vowed a 10-inch Galaxy Tab along with a near-certain, seven-inch sequel.
Almost all of the tablets shown were running Android, but some ran Linux and Windows.
Many of the companies involved aren't known to have had plans to develop tablets until last year and are widely thought to have been reacting to Apple's announcement and later success of its own tablet, which sold 14.8 million units in 2010. Some of these won't ship until mid-year, such as Toshiba's Android 3.0 tablet, but companies regularly feel pressured to unveil at CES as the biggest technology event of the year.