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ASUS Eee Pad to use Windows 7, Acer MID to fight iPad

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Mon May 3, 2010

ASUD Eee Pad to get Win7 version, Acer MID due

ASUS' Eee Pad will be available in two versions, said the company president and CEO, Jerry Shen. In addition to the ARM-powered tablet PC with Google Android or Chrome, the previously mentioned Microsoft version will carry Windows 7 and an Intel Atom processor. Shen also revealed the 10-inch device will not have a fan and will purportedly be thin and light.

The Windows-running Eee Pad will make its official debut at Computex 2010 at the start of June. While it will be designed by ASUS, the company's recently split-off manufacturing arm Pegatron will assemble them. Google-based versions aren't expected to show for some time.

News on a similar handheld Internet device from Acer have also now included unofficial rumors that they will be powered by ARM processors and an Android operating system. Manufacturing of the devices will be outsourced to Compal. Screen sizes of the devices remains unknown, and the latest report is in contrast with earlier news that it would run on a customized Shell 4.0 interface. While they are expected to show up this month, no update on the release dates has been given.

Both the Eee Pad and unnamed Acer MID are hoped by their creators to steal some market share away from Apple's iPad based on their flexibility, but neither ASUS nor Acer has significant share in the handheld or tablet spaces. [via Digitimes]

by MacNN Staff



  1. B9bot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And how many failures have there bin with Windows

    ASUS should know by now Windows doesn't cut in on a tablet device. It's just another PC without a keyboard. No competition for the iPad. Hardware isn't the only key to making a good tablet or device like the iPad. You need the software to back it up, ASUS will fail using Windows as it has since tablet computers started several years ago.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sigh! Here we go again. Another bunch of crappy products for Windows 7, yeah everyone says is great, I find it to be horrible at best.

  1. Zeeb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Eventually, there will undoubtedly be a decent Android tablet probably running flash for the few websites that will still be using it exclusively. By then however, there will be hundreds of millions of people in the world with iPads who will already be heavily invested in the platform.

    Also, Apple will probably be on its second generation iPad by the time the competitors have a chance to copy the first iPad.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: comment title

    By your mention of the 2nd gen iPad, I guess you're thinking in a year or so? I think the first Android tablets will be here before then. I also think it'll be longer than that before Flash is a, well, flash in the pan.

    While everyone writes Flash off so easily, I've found after a month with the iPad that it's more embedded than some realize. Many store sites use it extensively for showing close up shots of the merch. Car manufacturers use it for promo sites. Lots of tiny little embedded music players. etc.

    Lack of Flash also left my niece and nephew sorely disappointed in the iPad! They loved it initially (first 5 min) and then when they tried hitting the sites they normally use at school or at home, they found most of them didn't work! Why not? No Flash! And not for video but for games or interactivity. While many of those sites probably have app-store equivalents, that would mean having to buy a game that was initially free.

    Also, hundreds of millions of people with iPads? I think we're just breaching that point with the combined iPhone/iPod Touch platform no?

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery life

    HP was supposedly dropping Windows 7 for it's tablet, because they couldn't get more than 5 hours battery life. If Microsoft dropped their own tablet (Courier), shouldn't that be a warning to others thinking about making a tablet PC?

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