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ASUS Eee Pad takes on iPad with Windows 7, CULV processor

updated 07:40 am EDT, Mon May 31, 2010

ASUS Eee Pad EP121 and EP101TC launched

ASUS kicked off Computex with the Eee Pad, its first true tablet. The design is closer to a touch-only notebook and theoretically promises a more advanced experience than the iPad it's targeted against: the 12-inch EP121 runs a full Windows 7 OS and uses a CULV Core 2 Duo processor that can provide an Apple-like 10 hours of battery life. Its multi-touch screen can recognize handwriting, a webcam and USB are built-in, and a keyboard dock turns it into a true computer when at home.

A 10-inch Eee Pad, the EP101TC, has fewer details but is more directly aimed at Apple: it uses Windows Embedded Compact 7 with an interface customized for touch and the same 10-hour battery life.

Despite the reveal at the Taiwan technology show, the Eee Pad line won't ship until early 2011 for prices of $399 for the EP101TC and $499 for the EP121.

ASUS' launch marks its official entry into the tablet space but may not necessarily be its primary device in the short-term future. Rumors have circulated that Intel and Microsoft exerted pressure to make ASUS promote Intel-based Windows tablets even though models due in July would use ARM chips, likely run Android, and offer many of the same features.

12-inch EP121

10-inch EP101TC

by MacNN Staff



  1. saywake

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "ASUS' launch marks its official entry into the tablet space..."

    Won't ship for more than 6 months, and you call this a launch? Wow.

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vaporware rip off, but ....

    I do like the naturalistic fonts and icons!!

    I know the iPad needs to run iOS apps and there are good reasons to keep the iPhone/iPod UI so that things remain compatible and easier for iPod owners to adapt, but it would be really nice if the iPad (a more intimate device than a pc) could be personalized more and themed easily.

    I would love to have the iPad run with a Dock that can hide and pop up when needed and I don't think average joe's would get too confused. Basically I want the iOS apps to run on the iPad, but I don't need it to look like an iPhone. Well, Apple has at least 6 months to get more refined before this even sees a customer.

    It also looks like it has decided to get to the more square cornered aesthetic of the iPhone4 before Apple does with the iPad.

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