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Tablets Wait on Android 3.0

Android-based tablet contingent can’t move anything until Google finally releases Honeycomb or Android 3.0

The iPad-bucking Android-based tablet contingent can show its products all it likes but can't move anything until Google finally releases Honeycomb or Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version of the operating system.

Dell's contribution to this week's prospective tablet flood is a seven-inch Streak 7 version of the disrespected five-inch Android-based dingus it released in the summer. It uses a dual-core Nvidia chip and will come with 4G Internet access complements of T-Mobile. The company means to have a 10-inch tablet later this year.

LG is showing off an 8.9-inch tablet called the G-Slate that's supposed to be powered by Honeycomb and is believed to use a dual-core Tegra 2 chip. It will apparently move through T-Mobile.

The newly recast and independent Motorola Mobility's got a Honeycomb tablet too, a 10.1-inch widget called Xoom fitted with a dual-core processor, two cameras, a 1280 x 800 screen and 3G to start followed by 4G next quarter. Upgradeable to 4G, it will move through Verizon.

Toshiba's also got a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2- and Honeycomb-based tablet it expects to put on the market by June. Like the Moto tablet the Toshiba Tablet is supposed to be 10.1 inches with a 1280 x800 screen and two cameras, USB and HDMI jacks, GPS and Bluetooth. No carrier connection. The company wants 20% of the non-iPad market.

Asustek's got four tablets and appears to be the only vendor with pricing. Its 10.1-inch Tegra 2- and Honeycomb-based EeePad Slider, fitted with a slide-out keyboard, will run $499-$799. Its 10.1-inch Honeycomb-running Eee Pad Transformer, a laptop that splits in two to function as a tablet, connects to an external keyboard and costs $399-$699. Its seven-inch Honeycomb- and Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Eee Pad MeMO, which comes with both a touchscreen and a stylus, runs $499-$699.

Its non-Android topper is its 12.1-inch Core i5-based Windows 7-running Eee Slate EP121, which runs a hefty $999-$1,099. It's got 32GB-64GB of SSD and a maximum 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It goes on sale this month.

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