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Eee PC T91  (Source: DailyTech/Brandon Hill)

Eee PC T101H  (Source: DailyTech/Jason Mick)
ASUS finally adds tablet functionality to the Eee PC lineup

For those of you who were hoping that ASUS would try to consolidate its Eee PC product family and make things a little bit easier to peruse, you may have to keep waiting. For those that were wishing that ASUS would add a tablet SKU to the product mix, you're in luck.

ASUS is blanketing CES with a slew of new Eee PC models and those most intriguing ones are in a Tablet PC form-factor. The Eee PC T91 is the smaller of the two Tablet PCs and features an 8.9" LED-backlit touch screen display. The Eee PC T101H ups the ante by boosting the screen size to 10.1".

ASUS was a bit light on the specifications for the notebooks, but both feature Windows XP Home SP3 and a customized ASUS interface for touch screen functionality. The Eee PC T91 measures 225mm x 164mm x 25.2 - 28.4mm and weighs 2.2 pounds. We do know that the notebook uses an Atom Z520 processor and is available with both GPS and a TV tuner. As is the case with most Eee PC models, it will be available in black and white.

Although ASUS didn't mention specifications for the T101H, one would assume that it should at least match those offered by the smaller T91.

Stay tuned for more CES coverage from DailyTech in the coming days.

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glossy :(
By MamiyaOtaru on 1/7/2009 6:13:28 AM , Rating: 1
Grah look at all the smudges and fingerprints! I will never buy a glossy laptop or netbook.

Looks like they went ever further and made a glossy screen. Cause I know I love looking at a mirror instead of whatever I'm working on. :(

my 900 is apparently the last eee I will ever own.

RE: glossy :(
By dj LiTh on 1/7/2009 7:14:08 AM , Rating: 2
I never felt the same way about glossy myself. I personally keep my monitor very clean (yes its a glossy) and never take the laptop outside (only when transporting it of course) so the glare never really bothered me. I like the effect it gives on blacks but glossy deffinitally isnt for everybody. I can deffinitally see how this would be a drawback for a eepc as i would think it would be taken outside quite a bit more than a traditional laptop.

RE: glossy :(
By MonkeyPaw on 1/7/2009 7:34:45 AM , Rating: 2
It's a bit harder to keep a touchscreen clean. My friend's iPhone is pretty nasty looking sometimes.

RE: glossy :(
By therealnickdanger on 1/7/2009 8:05:10 AM , Rating: 4
I've got an HTC Touch and keeping my screen clean is super easy: if it looks dirty, I just wipe it on my shirt. I've been doing that for about a year and it's still clean and has no scratches.

Even though it's not too likely, I'd like to see a dual-core Atom, 2GB, Ion, fast SSD, tablet 1280x800 all in a sub-11" form factor. I'd pay over $500 for that.

RE: glossy :(
By PAPutzback on 1/7/2009 10:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'd prefer a faster single core over dual core. Atleast for now. I don't plan on installing Visual Studio on one of these things but I would like what ever program I am running to be snappy.

I spend a lot of time indoor at wrestling meets and this is the main reason I want an EEPC. So the glass interface won't matter much indoors. I am just hoping more schools have WiFi access this year.

By wwwebsurfer on 1/6/2009 11:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
This is quite a machine! I hope they have Ubuntu drivers and held onto the solid state storage...

Good work ASUS!

RE: Wow
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2009 12:52:18 AM , Rating: 3
Gotta hand it to them for hitting this niche market with a strong force. All I'm waiting for is a sub $500 11" netbook by the summer time, preferably with the Ion motherboard.

RE: Wow
By Etsp on 1/7/2009 2:37:06 AM , Rating: 2
Agree 100%. I've been waiting a long time for a sub $600 tablet of ANY kind, that doesn't use 3 year old hardware, and this looks like it will be exactly what I've been waiting for. Ion would be another huge plus... hope NVIDIA puts it at a price-point that's comparable to intel's current offerings...

RE: Wow
By dj LiTh on 1/7/2009 5:27:37 AM , Rating: 2
This has my nerdy salivary glands ....salivating

RE: Wow
By on 1/7/09, Rating: -1
swivel old news
By Dreifort on 1/7/2009 10:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
HP has had the swivel in effect for their TX laptops for almost a decade.

And this yr they are releasing a newer TX...the TX2 which will be a full touchscreen (more sensative to finger touching instead of just stylus touching).

RE: swivel old news
By Etsp on 1/9/2009 1:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
And they charge a $1000 premium for it.

RE: swivel old news
By Dreifort on 1/9/2009 9:59:19 AM , Rating: 2
I bet any touch enabled tablets from ASUS won't run cheap either. ;)

high time
By Visual on 1/7/2009 8:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
Took them long enough... I've been hoping some competition in this market segment would appear for a long time now, and finally it is here. A little too late for me - I already got a gigabyte M912X so I don't care much about these new eees. But maybe they will be able to impress me enough to consider a switch?

The gps and tuner options sound interesting, if they don't hike the price up much.

My gigabyte doesn't come standard with any touch-screen software, so if asus provides some that's a good improvement. Not one that will make me switch, of course, but still a start.

The touchscreen quality on the gigabyte isn't too great, I think it is not sensitive enough. Especially close to the screen edges it is a real nightmare. The bundled "stylus" is a disappointment too - it is thin as a toothpick and not comfortable for handwriting - or I am not used to it yet. There is much room for improvement by the competition here, but I am afraid it would be hard on a budget. So I don't have high hopes for the eees.
Features like buttons on the pen, pen hover, pen orientation and pressure sensitivity, ignoring palm touch while writing with pen, even multitouch and such would all be great to have, but would require more expensive hybrid active/passive digitizers and I guess are out of the question.
I am curious, is there some high-end tablet convertible that offers all these features already? I've not done research about this yet. I am sure they will all be standard in a couple years though, especially with the next windows version putting more focus on touchscreens.

The other area where these eees have a chance to outshine my gigabyte is battery life - mine has a 4-cell battery that hardly lasts 3 hours before recharges, even just 2 hours without dimming the screen and under load (like playing a movie). I don't even dare to think about that the situation will be like in a couple of years when the battery ages. I wanted to buy the optional 6-cell battery which should help a bit but it wasn't available in my local shop.
Let's hope asus does a better job with the battery. Acer AspireOne manages to squeeze 6 hours out of the 6-cell battery, so it should be possible here too... especially if they ditched the power-hungry intel chipset that they've been using in all netbooks so far.

I am hoping we will also finally get an option for the dualcore atoms, more decent graphics and even goodies like fingerprint scanner and built-in wimax and 3g besides the mandatory wifi and bluetooth.

By PAPutzback on 1/7/2009 10:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
Is this an actual production model or just a beta unit.

I wonder if this will be a sub 500 unit also.

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