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Asus ConfirmsTegra 2-Based Eee Pad Slate PC

Asus ConfirmsTegra 2-Based Eee Pad Slate PC

Asus has already confirmed that it will be entering the booming e-reader market later this year, but one device we haven't heard much about is the purported Eee Pad. In fact, we've only heard the Eee Pad referred to in rumor form, but all of that changes today. Asus' Corporate Vice President, Eric Chen, recently confirmed to members of the press that it's planning to release an Eee Pad in the future, and with the new revolution of tablets upon us, we could see Asus' play getting a lot of attention in the very short future.

He stated that an affordable touchscreen, 3G-equipped device in the form of a tablet would be unveiled later this year, and it will be equipped with NVIDIA's Tegra 2. That's not completely stunner, since we heard rumblings of such a device at CES 2010. However, when asked about Asus' reaction to the iPad, he stated the following:

"A slate? Yes, sure. We have the Eee Pad. Which right now is still under development. Basically, it will have an ARM CPU and a 3G connection so you are always connected to the internet, so just like with the Eee Book you are always connected.

And you can choose to play video or something, when you like. Now the key is how to combine the content together. That will be the key. We have studied how people will want to connect to their content and also how they want to interact with the user interface (UI).

You look at the iPhone, for example. The reason the iPhone is so successful – and call quality is really not that good – is the UI function, I think, is just the best. So this is also the way that we need to improve."


Asus' Eee Pad Slate PC at CES 2010 - from NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's presentation

Asus essentially created the netbook craze that we know now. It has proven that it can hold its own as a pioneer in an industry, and there's nothing stopping the company from doing the same thing in the tablet sector. Apple's iPad looks to be just the first of many tablets to come, but it remains to be seen if the public is finally ready for these slate-type devices. Remember, tablets/slates died out years ago, but those weren't nearly as sexy nor as powerful as these. Are you excited?
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The Tegra 2 would make this a formidable competition for the iPad, especially since it can handle HD web streaming as well HD playback. A more powerful UI, and access to both Verizon and AT&T 3G networks would put this device over the top.

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The Tegra chip seems to look like a good fit, but I'd like to see what OS/GUI this is going to be using.

If it can be the things an ipad is not, but include the features that people like in the ipad, they may have a great device on their hands

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I'd like to get my hands on one of these new slates and see how it feels. I'm very interested in one of these, primarily for internet usage at home.

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I think I'll rather get this instead of the iPad. This will most likely accept Flash unlike the iPad. You can't have the "Best Internet Experience" like Steve Jobs says if your product doesn't even accept flash player, which is in most of the web sites today.

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Lol gibbersome a tegra 2 pad would kick the iPad to the curb I believe. The iPad while it has some connectivity is missing to many things to me. First is a locked cell signal I hate that, next is the battery and no external memory. The flas thing like M-Man says is also a neccesity for school I would also need to get office on it somehow to.

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Of course, YouTube would still likely work on the iPad -- presuming that it supports HTML5. You can already use several browsers on YouTube without flash; courtesy of HTML5 (http://www.youtube.com/html5/).

Still, even when you've got that going, I'd prefer a convertible tablet like the IBM ThinkPad x200t any-day over either of these :)

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Yeah that ones been here a bit to.

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The convertible tablets do cost a little more and you have to sacrifice for it being a mixture. A stand alone tablet and laptop is what I'd rather have and forego on buying an e-reader.

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"So this is the new thing - slate pads? I still don't think this is a good idea. I could swear they tried this earlier, and the UI just can't be done properly." - Burgendy blues

You're entirely correct... except for the iPad (whose UI development has delayed the long rumored product up to now). You can't just stick a desktop OS into a new form factor and say its AWESOME, and leave usability at the door.  The whole thing has to work... or it doesn't work. Moreover, like the Apple Store allows, people will need to USE full-working Internet connected versions of these slates to really "get" what they're paying for... unless they're geeks. That's probably not going to happen in most electronics stores and the marketing will rely heavily on review sites.

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I'm sure that they announced just to protect some of their FUTURE market. A bunch of us will never consider an iPad if we know that ASUS is developing one too. Their prices are always far more in line with reality-based living in todays economy. On the other hand, Apple's prices tend to 'yank your guts out through your wallet' every time.

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Thats exactly my feelings on this equipment as well gibbersome I want an all function device. I also agree with realneil Apple although functional in general seem more like a status symbol which may be functional and perform to a degree, whereas in general PC is function before form although you at times have the combination of both.

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I am looking forward to see the users' review about this product. Because I personally feel that market is currently toward the iPad. and that's not because iPad is an extra ordinary featured product but because of the hype has been created by the owners. And that's the reason e-reader is loosing it's market value. Let's see what happen next in this technology battle.

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I don't know Ashley the market to a large part has actually been pretty negative regarding the iPad. It is to me a very crippled device which will prove unless Apple does some pre-release changes in policies for it as well as capabilities for it. I know those things could be done, but doubt Apple will do any of them. The iPhone as far as it goes is more functional than the iPad.

These varying implementations of the tablet or slate package as well as the market will be quite different than the iPhone's release as well. Where there were basically no consumer oriented smart phone devices when the iPhone came, there will be I think multiple competitors on this one. We will have to see though!

This specific device as well as the Tegra 2 package are leaps and bounds past the iPad, and generally offer all it is missing, with extra's on top of it. I have several I am watching personally. I do know if I get one it will not be an iPad, that is for sure, and it would be more in tune with this device or one like it. I as usual want to see comparison testing before I make a decision. So I think it will at least be this summer or fall before I know where I want to go.

Either way I do not want a enlarged, and then gimped smart phone/iPod touch as is the iPad that's for sure.

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It's not just the UI....it's the extremely good-looking style of the iPhone and iPad that give people the 1st impression that they are good products. If Eee Pad looks like the above image...with the buttons at the side....I'm definitely not going to buy no matter how good the UI.

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Cloudstardust: So you don't want more than one button? After all if you put an iPad in landscape mode as the eee pad is shown here its button would be on the side too

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