Upcoming tablets compare screen sizes

— 4:43 PM on July 30, 2010

Slowly but surely, we're learning more about the coming wave of tablets set to take on the iPad. A Reuters report has confirmed that Samsung will introduce a 7" Android-based tablet in the third quarter of this year. The company hasn't revealed the display's resolution or panel type, or indeed anything else about the device.

In related but less official news, Bloomberg sources "familiar with [RIM's] plans" say the BlackBerry giant is poised to release a 9.7" tablet in November. This so-called Blackpad was previously rumored to have a 7" screen along with hardware-accelerated Flash playback. Let's hope those initial sources were only wrong on one count.

At the very least, we know that the incoming salvo of slates will have a decent array of screen sizes covered. Dell's Streak kicks things off at 5", followed by a Walmart special and something from Samsung at 7", then the iPad, Eee Pad, and possibly Blackpad at 9.7-10". I'm curious to see if consumers favor one size over the other.  It would take a much nicer panel to tear me away from a larger display on a class of device that seems best suited for web surfing and media consumption.

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