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Three tablets to be unveiled at CES, at least one to sport physical QWERTY

We've known since last June of ASUS' plans to unleash a few Windows-based tablets on the masses. A few months later, it was announced that ASUS was dumping Windows on its 10-inch tablet for Android. The Eee Pad 101TC was running Froyo at the time, but was speculated to launch with 3.0 "Gingerbread" (though, "Gingerbread" now refers to version 2.3). Rumors swirled that ASUS might even wait until CES 2011 to unveil its tablet production plans. Now, just weeks before the event, ASUS has released photos of three Eee Pad tablets it plans to unveil next weekend.

The biggest surprise comes in the form of a physical QWERTY keyboard on one of the devices. The others appear to stay true to slate tablet form, though one possibly has two layers (it's unclear from the pictures whether it is the same device as the one sporting the keyboard). The official ASUS blog didn't share many details.

One of the devices is sure to be the $399 Android tablet ASUS CEO Jerry Shen announced back in August. According to Slashgear, the two Android-based tablets are powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip, the same one powering the upcoming LG Optimus 2X smartphone. The Windows 7-based one, most likely the higher-end, QWERTY-sporting tablet, runs on Intel Oak Trail chips.

All the devices are expected to boast 10-inch displays.




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