Tablets have come a long way, baby, and the flood of portable devices isn't slowing down anytime soon. With new, speedy processors, razor-sharp HD screens, and ample apps for working or playing hard, tablets are the gadgets PDAs always wished they were.
Competition in the tablet market is becoming fiercely saturated, however; the available devices run the gamut from big-league sluggers to bush-league slackers. The good news is that, along with the greater, varied selection of tablets, prices are becoming more competitive. Buying a tablet has never been more on the consumer's side.
Initial product announcements sometimes lack details, and we're left reading the tea leaves to guess if the device will actually perform well or not. We've outlined some of the available information on upcoming tablets and our impressions of their place in the current tablet landscape. We'll update this blog regularly as more tablets are announced.
Editor's note: This post was originally published on September 6, 2013, and is continually updated.
What's special? This Asus device lives up to the Transformer name more than any of its predecessors; it's a five-in-one device. Need I say anything more?
When's it coming? Availability has yet to be announced.
What's special? The Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 is not only of the "hybrid" variety -- it's meant to easily turn into a laptop -- but it can easily switch between running Windows 8.1 or Android as either a slate or a laptop.
When's it coming? As of now, the dual-booting tablet has been put on a shelf. In hopes of a solution, I'll keep it on the list because, a girl can dream -- right?
What's special? The pair of mid-range HP tablets have yet to be officially announced, but leaked photos reveal a sleek duo with average mid-range specs.
When's it coming? Availability has yet to be revealed.
What's special? This higher-end 10-inch HP tablet sports a sharp 1,900x1,200-pixel resolution screen and speedy quad-core CPU. No official word on exactly what processor it will house, but it's expected to pack 2GB of RAM.
When's it coming? There has been no announcement on the release date for the HP 10 Plus.
What's special? Panasonic is releasing two small -- but tough -- tablets. The FZ-X1 is a chunky 5-inch slate worthy of the most extreme outdoor expedition.
When's it coming? According to Panasonic, the FZ-X1 should be available in August.
What's special? The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 runs Windows 8 and offers cellular service capabilities -- but Panasonic is still considering a tablet over a phone.
When's it coming? The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 has no release date.
What's special? The Toshiba tablet is unremarkable, but it stays relevant with the bargain price of $99.
When's it coming? The Excite 2 is expected to hit stores in July.
Can't wait? Check out our list of the best tablets you can buy right now.