Asus Reveals Eee Pad Launch Details, Talks Differences Between Those And Netbooks

Asus had confirmed in the past that they would also play their cards in the Tablet PC game, acknowledging that they'd issue a Tegra 2-based Eee Pad at some point in the future to rival Apple's iPad and the spate of other rival machines sure to hit the market during 2010. But few details beyond the general plans to launch were announced. Now, it looks like Asus has begun to firm things up somewhat, with a new report stemming from a Q1 investors conference in Taipei casting new light on a launch time frame.

Computex is scheduled to begin in early June in Taiwan, and given the home crowd advantage, Asus will use this trade show to officially unveil the Eee Pad, or the series of Eee Pad Tablets, we should say. The first phase will use "Microsoft Software," the company's CEO (Jerry Shen) announced, but an official ship date is being withheld until Asus can evaluate the overall market excitement for Tablets and Slates.

Also, Shen spoke of something that really struck a chord with us. He stated that netbooks and tablets, of which Asus will soon be making in both respects, serve "two different markets." He said that Tablet PCs are better for cloud computing, while netbooks are better for personal computing. That makes a lot of sense to us, but we think the two may begin to overlap more in time as new software is developed specifically for both platforms. In closing, Asus credited Apple for really pushing the Tablet PC into the mainstream: "The tablet PC is a cloud computing device. If it weren't for Apple this market would develop a lot more slowly." Hard to argue there.
Via:  PC World
3vi1 4 years ago

>> The first phase will use "Microsoft Software,"

Of course it will. Microsoft has apparently given Asus some kind of sweetheart deal, and a practically free customized version of Windows 7, in order to keep them from selling EEE machines with Linux pre-installed.

Call me cynical, but this is exactly what I expected when I saw that Asus had recently announced they would be "supporting" Meego. I thought "Wow, that's a great way to keep getting free licenses from Microsoft.".

Xylem 4 years ago

I second that 3vi1, Nice move by M$, to keep up the competition. This should at some point slowly start biting into the sales of iPAD if it launches with a Win7Lite.

animatortom 4 years ago

This market has already developed to slowly. It is not like we are reinventing the wheel here!

We are just taking of the hinge of a laptop, and adding a touchscreen! Apple has always been good at taking multiple technologies that have been developed over time by a multitude of different companies, sticking them all together in a small smooth package and selling it as unique!

Kinda like Avatar did! Nothing really new, just combined into a neat Blue 3D package just to make it look new :P Yeah,...Think about it!

I am sure I will get hell from the Avatards for that one :)

3vi1 4 years ago


realneil 4 years ago

So Tom, if you watched the movie Avatar then you've been made into an Avatard?

Or is it only if you enjoyed the movie? Did you run this 'expression' through the PC bible first?

If Apple is the ONLY company to have combined all of the unique technologies into one device, then they ARE unique in my mind. I like most of their releases, they just overprice the heck out of them.

animatortom 4 years ago
No Neil, actually I got that from the latest issue of Empire. They were talking about fanaticism throughout the years going back to the Bobbysoxer's, to Rudolfo's? to Jedi....they referred to the Avatar fans as Avatards! I thought that was hilarious. As an original Trekkie, it is good to know that this generation deserves even more ridicule since originality is not even a factor.
Good one 3vi1! That is a good example. If they would have just stayed away from the whole Indian tribal design for the Na vi, then they would have made it more original. It is not that hard to take something and give it a little originality. At least then people wont know that you copied it. Just like the first terminator was a copy from an old Outer Limits episode combined with a Twilight zone episode!
bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

That picture looks like a laptop screen with the keyboard cut out. It has the little rubber mats were the screen and keyboard meet.

thranx 4 years ago

@bob, looks like they're speakers, they don't appear to continue to the bottom edge of the casing.

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