Asus Reveals 10" And 12" EeePad Tablet PCs

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Rumors had been flying for quite some time that Asus would soon be getting directly into the Tablet PC realm, and if there were ever a company suited to rival Apple's iPad, it's probably the company that came up with the netbook. They seem to know what consumers want from a portable computer, so why not try their hand at a slate? Today, they are. Asus followed their EeeTablet with the EeePad, and there's good news for those who think the iPad is too small: the EeePad will ship in two sizes, a 10" model and a 12" model.

These tablet PCs looks identical except for additional screen real estate on the 12" version, with both running on Core 2 Duo CULV processors from Intel, Windows 7 and having a USB port. The 10" EP101TC (Embedded Compact version of Win7) and 12" EP121 (Win7 Home Premium) are both capable of handling Office documents, and both will feature glossy, capacitive touch panels with a user interface that looks like a cross between Android the JooJoo UI.


Asus also introduced a clever docking station for these devices, which allows them to sit horizontally in front of a foldable keyboard stand and basically turn right into a notebook. More details are coming in the next few months, with initial price tags set at around $400 to $500. Unfortunately, the first EeePad isn't expected to ship until early next year.

Stay Connected and Multitask with the Eee Pad

Engineering excellence meets stunning design in the ASUS Eee Pad, an ultra-slim and light yet high-performance slate device designed to provide users with a real time cloud computing experience. The Eee Pad will be available in two configurations.

The 12" Eee Pad EP121 is a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, and compact computing device. Powered by a CULV Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and the Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system, it effortlessly handles multitasking tasks whether enabling users to check their email and calendars, have video conferences, or process Microsoft Word and Excel documents simultaneously. The ASUS Eee Pad EP121 offers two convenient modes of character input-an embedded virtual keyboard or an innovative hybrid keyboard/docking station design. All of this power is available in a personal computing device that delivers up to 10 hours of usage.

For users seeking additional mobility, ASUS is proud to present the 10'' Eee Pad EP101TC that runs Windows Embedded Compact 7, which provides an engaging user experience and delivers instant connectivity to the Windows world. It also provides a familiar full-featured user experience across various connected devices and cloud computing services.
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More details are coming in the next few months, with initial price tags set at around $400 to $500.

I like the direction they are going. Down. Still feel like $500 is to much for a tablet.

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The docking station is sooooo cool! I have a suspicion that the Apple is gonna have to come up with an answer for it, since you can't really take a docked ipad anywhere. Major shortcoming now that the eee pad docks basically into a laptop! The comparison is right here: http://www.geteeepad.com/eee-pad/tablet-docking-eee-pad-1-ipad-0

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mtptl replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 3:26 AM

The folks at ASUS have been promoting their ROG (Republic of Gamers) series of products as appealing to the cutting edge gaming PC hardware enthusiasts. And unlike a lot of attempts to do something similar over the years, ASUS actually seems to be getting through to gamers...

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 6:26 AM

That had nothing to do with this article lol...

And also... I can't find a trace of these Tablets on Asus' own website... What a shame. These looked pretty awesome.

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