We take a closer look at Asus’ 10” Eee Pad

COMPUTEX — We visited Asus’ booth yesterday for a closer peek at the 10″ Eee Pad. (To see our coverage of the 12″ Eee Pad EP121, head over here.) The 10″ device is still very much in the prototype stage, so web browsing didn’t work, and getting some private hands-on time was a no-no. Still, the operating system and touch-screen interface seemed functional:

The Asus staffer giving us the demo slid his finger laterally to switch between icon sets on the home screen, just like you’d do on an iPhone or iPad. Included applications ranged from a web browser and photo viewer to a video player (with high-definition video support) and, interestingly enough, an iBooks-style e-book reader:

The 10″ Eee Pad EP101TC will have an Nvidia Tegra system-on-a-chip inside. It will run Windows Embedded Compact 7, which won’t support standard x86 Windows apps, but we’re told users will be able to fetch third-party software from an Asus-branded version of the Intel app store. Asus claims battery life will range from six to 10 hours, which would put this Eee Pad in the same league as the Apple iPad. Unlike the iPad, though, it will be able to play Flash videos.

With that mix of hardware and software, a half-inch profile, a weight of less than 1.5 lbs, and a $399-449 price tag, the Eee Pad EP101TC certainly seems like it could become a worthy competitor to the iPad. We weren’t particularly impressed with the prototype’s display—as you can see in the images above, the picture was somewhat dim, and the glossy finish made content difficult to read. Asus has plenty of time to iron out such kinks, though.

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    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    Why not make something that runs standard Windows apps but has an interface more appropriate for a touchscreen, like a Windows 7 Touchpad Edition, as there was a Media Center Edition. I don’t see the benefit in creating a whole new ecosystem. It’s like reinventing the wheel.

      • JumpingJack
      • 9 years ago

      Tegra cannot run full blown windows. But you have a good point.

    • mcnabney
    • 9 years ago

    Why would you go to an Intel App store for software to run on an ARM chip?

      • JumpingJack
      • 9 years ago

      You misread the text, Asus is developing their own ‘app’ store for this device.

    • spengler
    • 9 years ago

    The reflectiveness of the glossy screen looks about the same as on many netbooks/notebooks, and unfortunately it hasn’t hurt their sales.

    §[<http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/mobile/Dell/Mini/mini2.jpg<]§ §[<http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2009/02/mbp17_unbox07.jpg<]§

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Oooh shiny… Do they use diamond screen or something?..

    p/s: Been wondering, whats up with the delay on tegra devices?..

    • link626
    • 9 years ago

    needs a matte screen. badly.

    • crazybus
    • 9 years ago

    That doesn’t look like an IPS screen. Disappointing.

      • wira020
      • 9 years ago

      Erm.. how can you tell?

      • StuG
      • 9 years ago

      The angle on the photo makes the screen already look distorted.

        • mcnabney
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah, the lousy screen is another strike against it. The other is the pre-existing Apple store.

        It can’t do existing PC apps so why get this? It isn’t like there is going to be a ton of development for the Asus platform. I think Apple and Android are going to hog that market.

        Would MUCH prefer Adam which boasts that hyper-efficient dualmode screen and the Android OS.

    • axeman
    • 9 years ago

    wow, that screen is terrible. I know it’s under bright fluorescent lights, but still, you can hardly see what’s on the screen at all through the reflection.

      • kravo
      • 9 years ago

      +1
      I wonder if some designers ever going to realize that a glossy surface for screen is just a very bad idea.
      If I want to see my own face, I’ll look into a mirror.

        • Chrispy_
        • 9 years ago

        +2

        Not just glossy screens. These are HANDHELD devices, there is no place for ANY gloss surfaces. Gloss is for things you polish with cloths and never ever touch.

          • ironoutsider
          • 9 years ago

          What about in a zombie attack? You may want to look behind you and a glossy screen will show all that in vivid detail. Brains!! * munches on brains *

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Any word on video codec support? Divx/Xvid, MKV?

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    So, you’re saying you still find it a bit kinky?

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    What I’m getting from this coverage is what a design win Tegra has become for Nvidia; it’s showing up in a LOT of products!

      • Ushio01
      • 9 years ago

      Lets see them reach market first after all there were alot of announced design wins for the first tegra which only showed up in theZune HD and the 2 kins and proved so abysmal that for windows phone 7 microsoft went to qualcomm instead.

        • Shining Arcanine
        • 9 years ago

        The Tegra 2 has out-of-order execution, which is the same feature that popularized Intel’s Pentium processors:

        §[<http://www.anandtech.com/show/2911<]§ The original Tegra lacked that feature.

          • Skrying
          • 9 years ago

          Are you suggesting the lack of out of order execution was the reason Tegra failed to make it out the prototype stage in most cases?

            • JumpingJack
            • 9 years ago

            I kinda laughed at that as well.

    • End User
    • 9 years ago

    Anything but a Microsoft supplied OS!

    MeeGo looks good on a 10-inch Moorestown tablet -> §[<http://bit.ly/9annLJ<]§

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      MeeGo+Moorestown might look good, but how about battery life?

      Then again, my view has been that as long as battery life is “decent”, performance is what people want, and Moorestown seems to slap A4 silly in that arena.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      why? you dont like windows 7? microsoft makes fine OS’s. you’re just a hater. i probably would prefer android as well, but i dont hate a device and OS i have NEVER used or know anything about, simply because of who makes it.

        • eitje
        • 9 years ago

        im allergic to the number seve-aaachoo!

        • End User
        • 9 years ago

        Competition breeds innovation. The only innovation is coming from Microsoft’s competition.

          • axeman
          • 9 years ago

          ^ this. The sad thing is, because Microsoft holds such a lion’s share of the market, most people don’t realize most “new” features that they add to Windows are ideas other people had first. Yes, copy-cat goes all sort of ways, but Microsoft’s “innovation” is mostly catching up with OS-X

            • Farting Bob
            • 9 years ago

            If windows brings those features to a mass audience, who cares if some linux developer had the idea first? Patent it and get Ms to pay royalties or buy it for a lump sum and your set for life.

      • Shining Arcanine
      • 9 years ago

      You say “Anything but a Microsoft supplied OS!”, but then you suggest that it use an x86 processor. Why do you think that using such a processor would decrease the liklihood that Asus would ship it with a Microsoft OS?

        • JumpingJack
        • 9 years ago

        Both processors will run Linux.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    The only thing that would make this OS worth while is if they give you the ability to turn it into a awesome media center tower remote control. then it would be OK.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    I just want android, hope they have a strong remote desktop function in this thing.

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago

    Am i the only one who didn’t like the glossy screen ?

    • BooTs
    • 9 years ago

    Hopefully they can address the glare problem. Something like this would be handy to take in to the backyard… if not for the glare. My laptop is has a ton of glare if I take it outside and it makes me sad.

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