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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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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.

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