The whitebox tablet market exploded in the first quarter of 2011, becoming the second largest segment behind Apple, according to market researcher DisplaySearch.
Fourth-gen Core i-series "Haswell" CPUs promise big leaps in performance and battery life.
IDC trims its forecast for tablet shipments in 2013 and says the pressure's on tablet makers to come through in the remaining months of the year.
Samsung and Acer are a distant second and third to Apple, which currently dominates the tablet market worldwide.
Intel's third-generation Core-i-series processors go mainstream with new dual-core Core i5 and Core i7 versions.
There may not be a better full-fledged business ultraportable than the ThinkPad X230, but more efficient, less expensive, and thinner ultrabooks are the real future of this category.
White-box tablet numbers have jumped in recent months, but the market may fade as quickly as it grew, as vendors discover the importance of offering potential buyers a complete tablet experience.
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The One Laptop Per Child's endeavor to have others copy its design may attract Asian whitebox vendors rather than the likes of HP and Dell, according to IDC.
Dell's decision to delay the launch of an Android tablet that competes directly with the iPad doesn't bode well for Android tablet success in the U.S. market this year.