Eee Pad launches in June, may hit stores in late July

Asus executive Eric Chen made it official in January: Asus is cooking up a slate device called the Eee Pad. The folks over at DigiTimes have now gathered some fresh details from none other than Asus chairman Jerry Shen, who said the Eee Pad will debut at the Computex trade show in Tapei, Taiwan this June.

The show will run from June 1 to June 5, so Asus has a small window to unveil its slate device to the world. Don’t expect to be able to pick up the Eee Pad immediately afterward, though. DigiTimes says Asus’ roadmap calls for the Eee Pad to hit the retail channel in the third quarter of the year, and “sources from component makers” point to a late-July retail release.

Shen reportedly added that the Eee Pad will run Google’s Android mobile operating system and feature USB connectivity, a webcam, and Adobe Flash support. Also, according to DigiTimes, Asus has chosen Nvidia’s Tegra system-on-a-chip (perhaps the new, second-generation model) to power the machine, and it “has strengthened the Eee Pad’s industrial design” in order to better compete with Apple’s iPad.

Asus looks poised to compete directly with the Apple product on price, too. Quoting the same sources at component manufacturers, DigiTimes goes on to say the Eee Pad will set you back $15,000-16,000 TWD in Taiwan “after bundling with telecom carrier services.” That works out to about $478-510 in greenbacks, not far from the iPad’s $499 starting price.

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    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 13 years ago

    Most definitely right there! This is perfect I think. If it was touchscreen then it would have the best of both worlds. I just don’t get it with a limited functionality pad.

    • FireGryphon
    • 13 years ago

    Who is ‘Shih’ in the third paragraph? He wasn’t mentioned earlier in the article…

    • no51
    • 13 years ago

    how come no one is talking about this one: §[<http://netbooked.net/blog/acer-aspire-1825ptz-shipping-in-germany/<]§ 11.6” 1366 x 768 display, Pentium SU4100 processor, GMA 4500MHD graphics, 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM, 320GB HDD, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 6-cell 5600mAh 8 hour battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I think it's comes with a capacitive multitouch screen. Hell, if Acer wised up and made it into a slate form factor, we got a winner. And price it lower than the 599 Euros the convertible tablet is asking for.

    • Zenith
    • 13 years ago

    I want one, they’re just out of my price range. I just don’t see why the tablet “computers” that everyone are looking forward too are crippled machines.

    • puppetworx
    • 13 years ago

    If Android is going to compete seriously in this space they need to specify some device specifications (e.g. processor, RAM, resolution). That’s important for consumers and developers to ensure a consistent high quality experience.

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    They’re not “taboo” — they certainly exist (http://www.dell.com/tablet?s=biz&cs=555). There just aren’t a lot of people who want to buy one.

    • Zenith
    • 13 years ago

    Why is a fully functional OS such a taboo subject for tablet “computers?”

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    Suddenly, “Ability to run flash” is a feature… Almost all iPad competitor mention it..

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    No, but it /[

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    Will it support me on my “heavy flow” days?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    I am guessing it will be similarly priced without contract to the iPad and HP Slate just because if it’s not Asus has shot themselves in the foot.

    • glynor
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah…. If this thing is only sold bundled with a cellular data plan, you can count me out. That’s really too bad because I had a lot of hope for the Android ASUS EeePad.

    The vast majority of the time, my use for a slate-like device would be within WiFi range. I do want to have the /[

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Depends upon how the currency conversion works. What’s typical for Taiwan-US for other goods, a straight currency conversion?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    I think they were just highlighting that it has USB unlike the iPad. It would be completely dead in the water if it didn’t have at least WiFi and since it’s available from wireless carriers it must have some cellular connection too.

    • Corrado
    • 13 years ago

    $478-$500 AFTER its subsidized by the cell provider? How is that competing? Even the $630 16gb 3G ipad has no contract.

    • End User
    • 13 years ago

    I’d be interested if it ran this -> §[<http://dev.chromium.org/chromium-os/user-experience/form-factors/tablet<]§

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 13 years ago

    Is ‘connectiity’ a new feature of USB 3.0? Is it wireless?

    • Xenolith
    • 13 years ago

    No 3G model?

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    Could be interesting as it will be running Android. I just have some doubts the implementation will be very good for the increase in screen size. Applications that take advantage of the increase will certainly be few and far between.

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