Asus unwraps two Eee Pads and an e-book reader

COMPUTEX – Few in the audience gasped when Asus Chairman Jonney Shih (literally) lifted the veil off the Eee Pad this afternoon in Taipei. Asus execs had already spoken publicly about upcoming slate devices, and the rumor mill chipped in with juicy nuggets of extra gossip. In spite of all that, however, Asus’ choice of hardware and software for the 12-inch Eee Pad EP121 caught some of us in the audience by surprise.

Rather than a low-power iPad competitor with an ARM chip, or at least some kind of Atom, the Eee Pad EP121 packs a Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage Core 2 Duo processor and runs the full version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Much like the Skylight smartbook Lenovo announced at CES in January, the Eee Pad EP121 also docks into a sort of laptop shell with a hinge, whereby it looks and behaves much like a regular laptop. Asus claims 10 hours of battery life for the docked config.

For something closer to the iPad’s playing field, Asus has the Eee Pad EP101TC, which has a smaller 10" display, a half-inch profile, and a weight of just under 1.5 lbs. Shih didn’t go into a whole lot of detail about that machine’s hardware, but we understand it runs Windows Embedded Compact 7 and supports Flash video.

Shih went on to show the Eee Tablet, a sort of e-book reader on steroids with a pen interface, a built-in camera, a 2,450-DPI touch screen, and an e-paper display. Asus claims this contraption has much quicker page turning times than the Amazon Kindle, but it doesn’t advertise it solely as a reading device, instead seeing it in the hands of students. (The Eee Tablet actually comes "preinstalled with an assortment of notepad templates," according to the announcement.")

See the gallery below for shots of the Eee Pad EP101TC and the Eee Tablet.

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    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    Clever Techreport, sucking me in with the picture of the pretty lady. You win this round!

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    So stupid why don’t they have a Android offering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Honestly put Android on a Tegra 2 and IPAD would fail in comparison to every aspect of such a machine. Why do they not make such a obviously great machine? Its pretty bad when your consumers know you are short changing them.

      • tay
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah iPad SUCKS compared to vaporware. Just like the iPhone did (Until Android 2.2 anyway).

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Depending on price and whether or not it actually comes with the dock, this could be a very interesting machine.

    • adam1378
    • 9 years ago

    More interested in a tablet with WebOS running than anything else. A perfect OS for something in that category.

    • todd
    • 9 years ago

    None of the ms operating systems were working?
    Extremely hard to believe there wasn’t any recent pressure to go with ms. Why else would show something so far from prime time?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    So, will there be confusion between this and the iPad in Spanish speaking countries? 😉

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    Watch out Steve Jobs, I can just tell from the photo that this guy is oozing charisma.

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    ” a 2,450-DPI touch screen”

    Tell me that’s a typo. If not, I’m guessing the screen resolution is pretty sick.

    I’d like a tablet with a 16,000,000 by 12,000,000 screen. Could get a lot of webpages onto that, albeit very, very, very small.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 9 years ago

      nevermind what was written here before…

      • Forge
      • 9 years ago

      After more reading, elsewhere, I’ve figured out what was meant.

      The screen is a fairly pedantic ~100dpi, it’s the input digitizer that’s 2450dpi (effective).

      So now you can select regions of a pixel. How useful.

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    So, the rumours about MS/Intel pressure is true after all?

    Edit: I’m actually very interested with android tablet.. not these… btw, wont Windows 7 be a bit too expensive for such devices.. considering that android cost nothing and more suited for the purpose…

    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    Am I missing something or is there no “gallery below” with shots of the items, as referenced in the post?

      • Arag0n
      • 9 years ago

      copy paste from engadget post…

        • grantmeaname
        • 9 years ago

        or, you know, that it’s actually below. also, read engadget, they’re really not similar at all.

    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    Engadget had some interesting details not mentioned here. Apparently, the software for both is not even close to ready.

    l[

    • Silus
    • 9 years ago

    The Eee Pad EP101TC is powered by Tegra. You forgot to mention that tidbit.

    • codedivine
    • 9 years ago

    I am very interested in the Eee Tablet for notes provided they reach a decent price point. Hmm, as for the Eee pad I wonder if it will come with an active digitizer.

    • Spotpuff
    • 9 years ago

    Want. Microsoft should talk about how many apps they have…

      • Sargent Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Office 2007…

        • Spotpuff
        • 9 years ago

        I meant more like how many apps would run on the platform, similar to Apple’s claim of thousands of apps. Apple didn’t program them all.

        • LaChupacabra
        • 9 years ago

        Pffft, that’s not an app. It’s actually usefull. =)

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Chicken-and-egg: go for an OS that’s just not well suited to a tablet device but has tons of available applications, or the opposite….

      • Shining Arcanine
      • 9 years ago

      Use Linux. It both is well suited to tablet devices and has many available applications.

      • Sunburn74
      • 9 years ago

      Aren’t they running a stripped down version of win7? what makes you think the OS wouldn’t work? You have to understand the table is designed for light tasks. I don’t see the OS as the issue.

      I see the interface as the issue: translating using your fingers to be more intuitive and less obstrusive than moving a mouse and clicking. If they can get the interface right and advertise properly, I see it as a smash hit. I trust asus with the former; I own a ul30vt and am extremely pleased with the product. I don’t see them getting the latter accomplished. Asus sucks when it comes to telling the world about their stuff.

        • willyolio
        • 9 years ago

        and i think win7’s new taskbar design is very well-suited for touchscreen uses.

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