CES 2011: Samsung Galaxy and Google's Honeycomb Tablets are front and center in Las Vegas

See the tablets, cameras and other new technology unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 5:38 PM

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas, and our Cecilia Kang has the latest on what's next in tablet computing:

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Apple should be blushing at the Consumer Electronics Show this week as a flood of competing iPad-inspired tablets make their debut.

The reason is simple: The iPad and other tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy have connected with consumers despite a stubborn recession pinching pocketbooks.

"What the tablet has managed to do is create a new product category, and that doesn't happen all that often," said Jason Oxman, a senior vice president at the Consumer Electronics Association, the trade group that hosts CES.

As such, 126,000 retail buyers, sellers, engineers and marketing executives attending CES beginning Wednesday will see tablets take center stage along with faster smartphones, Internet-enabled TVs and tricked-out cars that allow drivers to perform voice-guided computer tasks as they drive.

Hayley Tsukayama gives a rundown of the new tablets expected to be unveiled at CES 2011:

Most of the buzz leading up to CES this year has been about tablets. The Washington Post noted Tuesday morning that tablets are a whole new product category, and one that's in need of cheaper models. Companies -- including LG, Samsung, MSI, Asus, Vizio, Toshiba and Motorola -- have all teased that they're making tablets they hope will fill that void.

Many of those tablets are expected to run Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, the latest release from Google. PC Magazine reported Monday that many tablets now running Gingerbread and Froyo will not be able to upgrade to Honeycomb, as the new version requires a different processor.

It's all but confirmed that Motorola's tablet will be running Honeycomb after a teaser for the product featured a bee buzzing around the end logo.

While America might be emerging from a belt-tightening recession, Post Tech explains how consumer data shows a strong market for tablets and TVs:

Here's what you need to know about media and tech consumers ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. There are a whole lot of TVs and cell phones out there and more and more people are using those technologies to access the Internet.

Watch for the television and mobile device spree to continue. According to a Bloomberg story global television sales boomed 17 percent last year -- but not so much for 3D TVs. And Gartner expects sales of tablets to triple to 60 million units this year.

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