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It’s very likely that this is not the Apple Tablet interface, but in case it is, we’re surely pleased to see it. Imagine a combination between iPhone OS, Mac OS X and HTC TouchFLO 3D, with a little bit of something extra. The UI is very finger-friendly and proposes a new way of unlocking a tablet PC:

The user will manage the device with his thumbs, as he holds the tablet with his two hands. The unlock screen shows essential info, like the time, date, weather info, a calendar and an unique system of unlocking the tablet.

Afterwards, you get a glimpse of the product’s interface and know that there are two virtual sliders used for unlocking, one on the left and one on the right side, depending on which hand you use.

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By now, we’re almost sure that Apple’s tablet is going to be called iSlate (as Cupertino has already secured the domain name a few weeks ago) and that the company will take the wraps off by the end of January. What we’re not that sure about — but there are a lot of speculations going on, is when the device will actually make it to the market. However, according to the Wall Street Journal citing “people briefed on the matter” the 10- to 11-inch touchscreen tablet should be in stores this March.

Supposedly looking more like Apple’s line of MacBook laptops than the iPhone (size wise), Cupertino keeps tight-lipped when it comes to confirming or denying the rumors about their multimedia device, which by the way, will let people watch movie and tv shows, play games, surf the Internet or even read elctronic content like books or newspaper.

“One of the people briefed on the matter added that Apple was working on two different material finishes for the tablet, though it was unclear whether the Cupertino, Calif., company was just testing them or planning to come out with multiple versions of the device at different prices,” the WSJ reported.

Can’t wait for it to hit!

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We’re still waiting for the first Windows Phone 7 series handsets to go on sale – something not expected until late in 2010 – but that hasn’t stopped the dreamers among us wondering what larger devices based on the platform might look like.  Designer Umang Dokey reckons the most obvious application is an 8-inch tablet, complete with a capacitive touchscreen and dual-webcams for 3D chat, and he’s put together the demo video to prove it.

As well as spreading Microsoft’s Metro UI across a broader display, Dokey has also given it a hardware keyboard.  A kick-stand on the back can flip around – Motorola BACKFLIP style – to act as a QWERTY ‘board, though we reckon the whole thing would be a little precarious in that orientation.

There are also dual analog joysticks on the rear panel, used either for gaming or simply for scrolling through lists, and the whole thing is pleasingly slender.  It’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen Microsoft’s mobile OS put on a tablet-sized device, though sales have never been earth-shattering; HTC’s Shift is perhaps the best known, and while it reasonably impressed reviewers, buyers weren’t so confident.  Still, perhaps the addition of Xbox-style gaming might persuade a new segment to consider a larger device running WP7.

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