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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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No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 4:16:08 PM , Rating: 1
I realised something over this holiday period which, many tablet owners won't appreciate or will shout at me.

I've owned the following
HP TC1100
Toshiba M400
Toshiba M750
HP TC4200
Dell Latitude XT & XT2 (With SSD)
Couple of Fujitsu models
Archos 9 (Fitted an SSD)
Acer 1820ptz (With SSD, boot in 15 seconds)
a few more...

and now,
Viewsonic Viewpad 10 (16Gb SSD, 1Gb)
Random OEM model from China (32Gb SSD, 2Gb)
(Installed Windows 7 Embedded standard... fast!!!)

My realisation arrived from staying over at my partners place and it's this:

"Tablets are pointless".

I love tablets, but, when compared to my HP Envy 13 (9+ hours battery) they are practically useless. Browsing the web, playing games... nah, I'll stick with a genuine laptop. Heck, I might stretch towards a HP TM2 but thats it. It's not the input method, it's not the operating system and it's not what you can do with them, it's the basic fact that a netbook or small laptop are far more useful.

Shame, as I was looking forward to the next releases, but, I'll stick with a convertible format (Like the XT etc) instead of a pure tablet.

P.s. Yes, I know that many people have genuine uses for Tablets, but the new tablets are not exactly great at note taking unless you've a Wacom device.




RE: No...
By ZachDontScare on 12/28/2010 5:40:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

"Tablets are pointless".


and then you contradict yourself:

quote:

Yes, I know that many people have genuine uses for Tablets


Perhaps, just perhaps, tablets arent pointless to the people who want a device of that form factor. Tablets may be pointless to you , but please dont pretend to speak for everyone. I personally really like the tablet form factor, and find it incredibly useful and a lot less awkward than using a laptop. Especially when travelling.


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 6:04:10 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh.

Tablets like the Latitude XT, tablets with keyboards.

'Tablets' are pointless, while tablets like the XT or 1820ptz, are not.


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 6:04:56 PM , Rating: 1
P.s. "but please dont pretend to speak for everyone"

Who said I was speaking for everyone?


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 6:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
P.s. "but please dont pretend to speak for everyone"

Who said I was speaking for everyone? Also, how many have you owned?


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 6:08:01 PM , Rating: 1
Case in point, "I realised something over this holiday"

'I'


RE: No...
By stevenplatt on 12/28/2010 6:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I also wonder how many consumers who have owned a tablet , would choose it over a laptop, 6 months into ownership. Or would even say they use it 20% the time they use a standard laptop.

Marketing can make a product desirable (as we see with iPad) - but it doesnt fix the problem with the original Windows-based tablets ...no one needed them.


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 6:06:39 PM , Rating: 1
..But do we 'need' tablets? Android or iPad, or, are w simply filling our lives with things to pass the time?


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/28/2010 6:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
"the original Windows-based tablets ...no one needed them."

More like, "Far too expensive" and that the idea, back then, was pointless, other than note taking and mild drawing


RE: No...
By chrnochime on 12/29/2010 1:46:32 AM , Rating: 2
So you find that tablets are useless/pointless for you that's just splendid. What does that have to do with those of us who think otherwise?


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/29/2010 11:45:23 AM , Rating: 2
...Bit of a pointless post.

If you think otherwise then thats great, good for you and I have no problem with that.


RE: No...
By rdhood on 12/29/2010 9:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say
quote:
Tablets are pointless
, but I would say that they don't do much for the huge price you pay. When a high quality 10" tablet hits $100 and will: allow web surfing, book reading, banking, multitouch screen, easily interface to keyboard and mouse, allow easy integration with Windows Homegroup to share printers, give g AND n network connection, etc.... then they will be VERY useful. These are things I could do sitting on my couch or in a cafe without to whip out a notebook/netbook. Basically, I am thinking of a netbook that doesn't fold open. The Dell Duo comes very close to ideal, but it is $600. If it were more like $200, we would be in business.

I wouldn't need it to capture/edit video, pictures, run a database, play 1st person shooters at high frame rates, compute BOINC, keep my garmin maps, all the stuff I do on desktop/laptop.

Two months ago, I bought my wife a dual core HP laptop with LED screen, 3GB memory, HDMI out, 360GB drive for $300. There is NO WAY I am paying more than twice as much for half the functionality. Tablets MUST fall below $200 for a high quality tablet before they become truly widespread.


RE: No...
By damianrobertjones on 12/29/2010 11:49:53 AM , Rating: 2
I hear you. Fantastic points there and yeah, items like the Viewsonic Viewpad are simply far too expensive for what they are.

I'd honestly like something similar to the old HP TC1100... a square ish screen instead of wide.... quite thin and most importantly, extended battery support exactly like the HP Envy 13 (Smooth thin battery that fits to the underside, covering the entire width of the machine).

I'd also like a whole load of touch games to get the ball going as that alone will push Windows tablets forward.

I'm amazed at a few of the comments here. I expressed my own thoughts and some people seemed to have taken it the wrong way


Pictures...
By Complinitor on 12/28/2010 1:32:32 PM , Rating: 1
These pics are all of the same item - that's easy to see. What's not easy to see is the screen on the unit seem to twist an cover the keyboard, similar to the older WinTabs that MS tried to push. Not sure what these pics have to do with the article on that note...




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