Its raining tablets at CES

Perhaps it’s no huge surprise, but CES has brought a deluge of tablets for consumers in 2011.

The race was started earlier this year by Apple with its iPad, however the rest of the vendors have not been napping in this area either.

Google hit the ground running by recently releasing Android 2.3, or Honeycomb as its called, which means that mobile tablet computing has now got a number of OS’s to choose from.

Motorola rolled out Xoom, its first Android-powered tablet, featuring a 1080p screen resolution, front and rear facing cameras, allowing consumers to experience HD content by supporting 1080p HD video and a HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens and other rich web content seamlessly via the Adobe Flash Player.

Motorola's Xoom has a front facing, 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G as well as a rear-facing, 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.

Lenovo is launching two tablets at the CES, including the Android powered LePad.

LG will also release its 8.9-inch Android Honeycomb-based tablet powered by the dual-core Tegra 2 chip.

Toshiba is launch a tablet with a 10.1- inch screen size running on Android-Honeycomb and sporting a 2 MP front facing camera and 5MP rear camera. The tablet will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and will be capable of handling 1080p videos.

Taiwanese computer maker Asustek is set launch two tablets at CES, one with a 10-inch screen with a sliding keyboard and running on Android and another tablet running on Windows.

Vizio is reportedly planning to launch an Android tablet at CES called the Via with an 8-inch display and WiFi wireless connectivity.

And Microsoft will unveil a whole menagerie of tablets built by Dell and Samsung and, of course, powered by Windows 7 OS.