Asus plans tablets with Google, Microsoft operating systems

— 5:18 PM on March 31, 2010

We've been hearing about Asus' Eee Pad for some time now, but as it turns out, the company has two such slate devices up its sleeve: one running Google software and the other with a Microsoft operating system. Asus Chairman Jonney Shih spilled the beans to Forbes in an interview earlier this week.

Shih explicitly told the publication that Asus will launch "at least two" tablets "in the coming months." We may see the first of those machines at the Computex trade show, which will take place in early June in Taipei, Taiwan. (As Forbes points out, Asus also introduced the first Eee PC at Computex 2007.)

The Chairman didn't elaborate on exactly what operating systems the devices will run. However, one of the tablets will pack either Chrome OS or Android and feature "a lot of media," while the other will come pre-loaded with a Windows operating system. Shih explained the choice of multiple platforms by stating, "There will be an Apple camp [in tablets], but Asus always tries to address the open camps of Google and Microsoft."

Shih also addressed the notion of offering both slate devices and netbooks—unlike Apple, which has criticized netbooks and painted the iPad as a superior alternative. Said the Asus Chairman, "Netbooks are the best combination of personal computing and cloud computing . . . But between netbooks and smartphones and e-readers, we think there will be a space for something like a tablet or slate PC."

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