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History of the tablet computer

Published On: Sep 07 2012 08:43:30 AM PDT   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 09:25:10 AM PST

In something of a surprise move, Apple began selling its new iPad Mini on Tuesday. The tablet is available from Apple's online store, from wireless partners AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, and select third-party retailers such as Best Buy. Look back at the surprisingly long history of the tablet computer.

Sony Tablet
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Sony Tablet. Released September 2011. Sony eventually made two versions of its tablet (Tablet S and Tablet P). Both run on Google's operating system Android 3.1 Honeycomb. They feature touchscreens, two cameras (a rear-facing 5 MP, a front-facing 0.3 MP), infrared sensor and Wi-Fi.

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