Best Buy getting into tablet market?

Robert Stephens, CTO of Best Buy, may have let the cat out of the proverbial bag with tweeted tablet pictures.

Well, well, well. What do we have here? Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens, CTO of Best Buy and founder of Geek Squad, has tweeted photos of a tablet that the company could be working on to sell under its Rocketfish brand.

There's not much to know about the device yet, such as what OS it will run. In a follow-up tweet to another user who asked if it will run Android, Stephens said Friday, "The question is: Is 2.2 ready for the tablet interface?" I think it is, though not without some work on the UI.

The tablet device looks very similar to the maybe-defunct HP Slate , including the size, form factor, and connectors visible in the two photos up on TwitPic.

There's some speculation that the Slate is indeed not totally dead, just dead as a Windows 7 device. With HP's acquisition of Palm earlier this year, it makes sense that any devices in this category would run Palm's WebOS, which this device might indeed do, which is interesting when taken with Stephens' question about Android.

(Via CrunchGear)

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