Earlier today at the Computex Taipei, Asus CEO Jerry Shen unveiled two of the latest products from their Eee line, the Eee Tablet and the Eee Pad. The Asus Eee Tablet is designed to compete against e-Readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Nook, while the Eee Pad is geared towards going head-to-head against the Apple iPad.
It’s not surprising that the one that’s getting the most attention is the Asus Eee Pad which comes in two versions, the 10-inch EP101TC and the 12-inch EP121 models. The specs for the EP101TC model are not yet detailed but the 12-inch EP121 model will be powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor, Windows 7 and a 10-hour battery life. It will also sport an integrated webcam and at least 1 USB port. Both models won’t be available until the first quarter of 2011 and will retail at a $399-499 price range.
Official Press Release:
Stay Connected and Multitask with the Eee Pad
Engineering excellence meets stunning design in the ASUS Eee Pad, an ultra-slim and light yet high-performance slate device designed to provide users with a real time cloud computing experience. The Eee Pad will be available in two configurations.
The 12″ Eee Pad EP121 is a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, and compact computing device. Powered by a CULV IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ 2 Duo processor and the WindowsÂ® 7 Home Premium operating system, it effortlessly handles multitasking tasks whether enabling users to check their email and calendars, have video conferences, or process Microsoft Word and Excel documents simultaneously. The ASUS Eee Pad EP121 offers two convenient modes of character input-an embedded virtual keyboard or an innovative hybrid keyboard/docking station design. All of this power is available in a personal computing device that delivers up to 10 hours of usage.
For users seeking additional mobility, ASUS is proud to present the 10” Eee Pad EP101TC that runs Windows Embedded Compact 7, which provides an engaging user experience and delivers instant connectivity to the Windows world. It also provides a familiar full-featured user experience across various connected devices and cloud computing services.
What do you think of the Asus Eee Tablet and Asus Eee Pad? Is the Eee Tablet a Kindle & Nook killer? Can the Eee Pad compete against the mighty Apple iPad which has already sold 2 million units worldwide? Please share your thoughts.
@Vincent – That’s true. The huge advantage that the iPod Touch, iPhone and now the iPad have over their competitors is the huge array of apps available in the App Store.
Another thing that makes them more attractive is that its very easy to learn to use them, unlike other gadgets. Small kids can even use them. My 3-year old son uses my iPhone to play games, take photos, watch videos and he does it all by himself. :D
The iPad would win with its large collection of apps, all optimized for touch interface. While for the Eee Pad, not all softwares are suitable to be used on touch screens.
I believe people who bought the iPad are attracted by their (really nice) apps, instead of the non-flash supporting browser. But to be fair, I have not used any.
@Kimwell – Yes it does. But then, the iPad has the advantage with thousands of apps in the App Store and its ease of use.
hmmm..for me it looks a lot sleeker than the iPad and is looking more like a tablet PC..the iPad really looks like a large Ipod/iPhone..
@Christian – I agree. :D
It looks better than iPad. :)