Here's a follow-up news post on what we know so far about the new ASUS Eee Pad and Eee Tablet.
We're waiting to get our hands on a review unit soon and hope to bring you an unboxing video shortly after that.
(UPDATE: We spoke to Spectrum Communications, who handle the ASUS account here in Oz, yesterday and they do their best to get us the first units as soon as they land here)
We must understand that despite the "Eee" moniker that they all have, they are different products in many ways.
Computex 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan, saw the unveiling of Eee Pad 10-inch EP101TC and the 12-inch Eee Pad EP121 as well as the Eee Tablet .
The Asus Eee Pad
First let's talk about the Eee Pad. Asus says it's "an ultraslim and light yet high-performance slate device designed to provide users with a real-time cloud-computing experience." A 12-inch version, called the Eee Pad EP121, is basically a keyboard-less laptop, with an Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor and Windows 7. Theoretically, that makes it much more powerful than just about any other tablet around. Input is via embedded virtual keyboard or a special docking station / keyboard—and delivers more than 10 hours of smooth, continuous computing.
There's also going to be a 10-inch version of the Eee Pad. Known as the EP101TC, it instead uses something called Windows Embedded Compact 7, but its CPU remains unclear at the moment. Both are being targeted at users of cloud-computing apps. You'll love the dimensions: just weighing in at 675g and a very pocket-friendly 12.2mm thin.
The Asus Eee Tablet.
Asus also announced a more traditional e-book reader called the Eee Tablet, which emphasizes note-taking and annotation. The company describes it as "one of the world's most accurate and sensitive digital note taking devices, [that] gives the user the feel of writing on paper."
The 10.1-inch tablet appears to have a 1,025 by 768-pixel resistive touchscreen display, and is apparently based on an ARM CPU running at an unspecified clock speed. The systems feature 64 GB of flash memory, integrated 802/11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and GPS, along with a 3G connectivity option for mobile broadband; the devices also feature two USB ports for peripherals like keyboards and storage, along with
a VGA-resolution webcam for video conferencing. Asus hasn’t announced pricing or release dates for the systems, but reports have the company targeting a July release date, with pricing on the 10-inch model starting at $399 to $449...
It is clear that Asus is positioning the Eee Tablet as a hybrid e-book/entertainment device because it can play media files and includes a 2MP Webcam which none of the other e-book readers has. The Eee Tablet also makes use of a stylus.
For now, the ultimate U.S. and worldwide availability, price, or release date remain unknown at this stage.
Here are some random observations and questions to think about in the meantime.
Is there a large enough market for a multi-functional eReader?
Or do we just want a cheap reading device without the ability to take notes?
How important is the ability to draw just like on a Wacom?
What do people think of Windows driven tablets?
How do you see cloud computing on these devices? What does it mean in real life?
What do you think about an Android powered device by Asus?
What's the impact on the netbook market with all these iPads and Eee Pads?
Give us your Comments below.
We also will give you the full Press Release from the Australian PR company Spectrum.
This has some additional detail which is interesting and not only for the Australian scene.
More on the next page.
Cloud Computing with the ASUS Eee Pad and Eee Tablet
Accessing Data Anywhere in Real Time has never been this Easy
ASUS’ constant effort to be at the forefront of this cloud computing age has seen it introduce a stream of portable multimedia and productivity solutions that meet the needs of consumers everywhere. Today, it is proud to introduce a new range of diverse products that have been designed for this ever-changing computing landscape. ASUS’ array of personalised devices deliver on-the-fly data-sharing and multimedia capabilities with a mark of quality and performance.
The Notepad Goes Digital with the Eee Tablet
ASUS has combined the humble notepad and e-reader to give us the groundbreaking Eee Tablet. Designed with students and mobile business professionals in mind, it features everything they need to get through the day.
With a 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, the Eee Tablet is one of the world’s most accurate and sensitive digital note taking devices, and gives the user the feeling of writing on paper.
Users can choose one of the built-in notepad templates and have the option to store, sort, tag, organise and browse templates. Real time text annotations can be made on-the-fly. The Eee Tablet makes reading easy, with text file page turns taking just 0.1 seconds—nine times faster than the page turns of other e-readers. It remains easy on the users’ eyes even after prolonged periods of reading.
The Eee Tablet features a built-in 2 megapixel camera that captures detailed images, letting the user grab screenshots of lecture slides and write notes on them instantly.
It easily syncs up with a PC or notebook via USB or Micro SD to ensure that all notes, content and calendars are constantly up-to-date.
With a 10-hour battery life, the Eee Tablet has enough juice for all tasks. At the end of the day, users not only have an electronic notepad, but a media player and e-reader as well.
Stay Perpetually Connected with the Eee Pad
Designed for the tech-savvy, on-the-go individual, the ultra-slim ASUS Eee Pad acts as a supplementary Windows-based portable tablet PC that keeps the user perpetually connected to the information superhighway. Social networking sites, movies, video-conferencing—virtually everything is at the users’ fingertips.
The 12” Eee Pad EP121 is a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and Internet device. Powered by a CULV Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and the Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system, it handles multitasking effortlessly, enabling users to check their email and calendars, have video conferences and process Microsoft Word and Excel documents simultaneously. The Eee Pad EP121 offers two convenient modes of character input—an embedded virtual keyboard and a special docking station / keyboard—and delivers more than 10 hours of smooth, continuous computing.
For added mobility, there’s the 10’’ Eee Pad EP101TC, which comes in at a mere 675g and a slim, pocket-friendly 12.2mm. Users can easily access their favourite applications by moving them to the main desktop. The Eee Pad EP101TC runs on Windows Embedded Compact 7—a complete toolkit with the latest Windows 7-based technologies and tools that create engaging user experiences and delivers connectivity to the Windows world. It provides a familiar full-featured experience across various connected devices and cloud computing services.
Answer the Need for Speed with the ASUS-LAMBORGHINI VX6, Next Generation of Eee PCs and the Ultimate All-in-One EeeTop ET2400 Series
Those with the need for speed will be blown away by the ASUS-LAMBORGHINI VX6. A co-branded effort with supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini, the VX6 delivers stunning visuals that match its chiseled lines thanks to the next generation NVIDIA ION graphics platform with 512MB VRAM. And with audio designed by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, the VX6 has the audio equivalent of its namesake’s V12 engines.
Following in its tracks come the fourth generation of Eee PCs™—namely the 1018, 1016 and the classic Seashell 1015. These Eee PCs’ crafted lines are paired with various innovative materials for a distinctive feel that ranges from the touches of tactile aluminum for the 1018 to the soft-to-the-touch matte surface of the 1015.
This new range offers instantaneous web access on-the-go, allowing you to log onto ASUS Access for multimedia content downloads and ASUS WebStorage for easy file sharing capabilities. With ASUS Super Hybrid Engine, users can expect up to 13.5 hours of battery life.
ASUS is the 1st OEM worldwide to launch its own store, the asus app store, which is powered by the Intel® AppUpSM Center. This store lets end users enjoy quick downloads of useful applications whenever they log online. This service will be preinstalled in all ASUS Eee PC models with the Intel® AtomTM processor. It will be available for Windows* from 2H 2010, and for MeeGo when it launches in 2011.
The EeeTop PC ET2400 Series will change the way you look at all-in-one PCs. It is the first all-in-one PC that allows the user to enhance its performance with a simple touch of an icon. ASUS Super Hybrid Engine boosts CPU performance by up to 15 percent*.
ASUS Sonic Master technology features software that allows the ET2400 deliver clear and distinct audio never before heard from an all-in-one PC. It also enhances bass and produces a virtual 5.1-channel surround sound experience to deliver theater-quality audio from the ET2400’s built-in speakers.
The top-of-the-line ET2400 3D takes entertainment to the next level by immersing the user in a true-to-life 3D world of movies, games and images through its 23.6” widescreen panel.
Content Sharing Anytime, Anywhere with Home Server TS mini
The ASUS Home Server TS mini allows multiple home and remote users to view digital photos, watch videos, look at security surveillance footage, listen to streamed music or upload files.
It automatically backs up data from up to 10 home computers—with additional 500GB of capacity available online. With its unprecedented 4TB capacity, it also allows multiple users to share and store on a home server—even when PCs are turned off.
For enhanced data security, the Home Server TS mini enables full-system backups while an exclusive ASWM tool informs users of operating errors via email to facilitate remote troubleshooting. In the event of a system crash, all files are easily recovered.
For More Information
Please visit the ASUS Computex 2010 press site (http://event.asus.com/2010/Computex/Press/) from May 31, 2010, 3pm Taipei time.
* Subject to system configuration and usage
ASUS at Computex 2010
To find out more about these showcased products and technologies, please visit us at the Taipei International Convention Center, Booths TF1B and TF1I, from June 1–5, 2010.
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era, with a broad product portfolio that includes notebooks, netbooks, motherboards, graphics cards, multimedia, displays, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s home and office users. ASUS won 3,268 awards in 2009, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than 10,000 and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s revenue for 2009 was US$7.5 billion. ASUS ranks among BusinessWeek’s InfoTech 100, and has been on the listing for 12 consecutive years.
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