Computex 2010: New Asus Eee Pad, Serious Competition For The iPad?

With the growing popularity of Apple's iPad, we figured it wouldn't take long before other companies got into the mix. The day before Computex 2010, Asus introduced the Eee Pad, a Windows based tablet PC that is sure to shake up the mobile market and give potential iPad owners something to think about.

Asus offers two models of the Eee Pad, the 12" EP121 and the 10" EP101TC. Let's go over the specs that were revealed to us earlier today.

Eee Pad EP121
  • 12" screen
  • Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Two keyboard options: embedded virtual keyboard and docking station keyboard
  • Delivers more than 10 hours battery life
  • Multiple modes: notebook docking and desktop docking
  • Webcam
  • Support for Adobe Flash, USB port, SD memory card

Eee Pad EP101TC
  • 10" screen
  • Weighs 675g (1.49lbs)
  • Pocket friendly 12.2mm wide
  • Windows Embedded Compact 7
Its clear that Asus has identified the iPad's shortcomings while providing a solution for consumers that is hard to ignore. There is no official word on pricing yet, but the 12" EP121 should be under $500, with the smaller EP101TC coming in at a lower price point. Is the Asus Eee Pad the next big thing?  From these specs, it sure looks like it. The only thing left is for Asus to make these iPad killers available. Stay tuned as we bring you more coverage from Computex 2010. 

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