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Asus's Eee Pad 121 is landing in December or January, priced at a cool $1,000. It packs Windows 7 and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.  (Source: Asus Tablet)
Also incoming is e-book reader and 10-inch Windows tablet

ASUSTeK CEO Jerry Shen announced that his company in March is launching a $399 10-inch tablet running on Google's Android OS. The tablet will likely run Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" that is expected to be released in March 2011.

Currently ASUSTeK has 800 software engineers working with Android, so it has a great deal of experience with the OS.  Most of those engineers currently work in the smartphone division, but ASUS is working to shuffle resources to prepare the new device.

While the naming of that tablet remains up in the air, ASUS did announce a name for a more pricey upcoming tablet.

In December ASUS will ship the Eee Pad 121 (EP121, for short) a $1,000 monster powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.  The super tablet features a 12-inch touchscreen and is driven by Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.  The approach is radically different than Apple's best-selling iPad, which features lower-end processing hardware and retails for $499 in base form.

Shen comments, "If you want to compete with the iPad, you have to do more than just be less expensive.  You have to offer more features. We want to spend more time perfecting the [Eee Pad] before we launch. We're looking more at Q1 to launch the devices."

Another 10-inch tablet (not the Android one) is also incoming, utilizing an ARM processor and Microsoft's Windows Embedded Compact 7 software.  This model should be closer to Apple's iPad in terms of form factor and will also come at a similar price -- between $399 USD and $499 USD.

The company also announced plans to unleash a grayscale 8-inch e-reader, priced at under $300.  That device, dubbed the Eee Tablet, will ship in October.

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So over the next 6-8 months...
By Shadowself on 8/13/2010 11:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
Eee Pad . . 12" . Color . . . . . . Windows 7 HP . $1,000
?? . . . . . . .10" . .Color . . . . . . Windows EC 7 . $399-$499
?? . . . . . . .10" . .Color . . . . . . Android . . . . . . .$399
Eee Tablet . 8" . Gray Scale . . .?? . . . . . . . . . . <$300

Should be interesting seeing this lineup and others evolve over the next year.

RE: So over the next 6-8 months...
By xSauronx on 8/13/2010 3:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ill be interested in the 8" tablet if its really just $300. Maybe. Id love to completely replace paper...not that I use much, but as a student, there are times when its needed and id rather be digital than using paper.

RE: So over the next 6-8 months...
By xsilver on 8/13/2010 11:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
if you're desperate you can already get those ipad copy's for under $150.

8", iffy touchscreen but already running android v1.6

RE: So over the next 6-8 months...
By xSauronx on 8/15/2010 9:24:19 AM , Rating: 2
im not desperate, and ive heard those can be iffy to craptastic.

RE: So over the next 6-8 months...
By edge929 on 8/13/2010 3:32:23 PM , Rating: 3
I'm all over the 10" Android tablet, just wish it wouldn't take so long to come out. I've been interested in developing Droid apps but didn't want to buy a new/used smart phone to do it.

If Apple had put USB ports or at least an SD slot on the Ipad I'd have bought one of those already. This one *overlook* killed it for me (yes, I know Apple did it intentionally).

RE: So over the next 6-8 months...
By notquite1yet on 8/17/2010 1:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
I still don't see what the attraction is with tablet PC's.

RE: So over the next 6-8 months...
By edge929 on 8/17/2010 5:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
For me, I just want an easy-to-use, fast-starting machine to consume media (check weather/email/etc on the couch). I don't plan on playing games, write novels or code/program on it. For $400, I think that's worth a take-anywhere email checker, GPS/Navigation, video player and most importantly (assuming a webcam is involved like they suggest) a video conferencing tool for my parents/in-laws to keep up with the rug-rats. It's ease of use trumps a netbook albeit not by much, but when they are the same price, easy choice. If I want to play games/produce, I use my desktop (or a 15"+ laptop). If I want to consume, I'd prefer a tablet.

And before you say "that's what a smart phone is for", my idea of a "useful" tool to do these things is not a 3-5" screen relying on anything less than wireless N bandwidth.

Whats with these fruity prototype names?
By XSpeedracerX on 8/13/2010 10:52:31 PM , Rating: 4
Froyo? Gingerbread? LAME! How about 'Bloodaxe' or 'Deathbringer' or 'Bloodaxe the deathbringer' for the droid 4.0 prototype name?

By maverick85wd on 8/14/2010 3:36:29 PM , Rating: 5
I vote for 'Bloodaxe the Deathbringer'

By jconan on 8/15/2010 12:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
The names refer to desert rather than fruit. If you want prototype names to be named after deodorants, you should make or run your own development team.

By mattclary on 8/13/2010 10:29:09 AM , Rating: 2
Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" that is expected to be released in March 2010.

You mean 2011, right?

RE: 2011
By micksh on 8/13/2010 10:48:09 AM , Rating: 1
You mean 2011, right?

Android 3.0 is expected to be released in October 2010. So the author is off by only 7 months, not 12 as you suggested. You have to give him a credit for that.

RE: 2011
By Quadrillity on 8/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: 2011
By inighthawki on 8/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: 2011
By Quadrillity on 8/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: 2011
By micksh on 8/13/2010 4:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'll fart out a brick if Gingerbread comes out in two months...

Then I suggest you start working on that.

The article has link to another DT article saying that Gingerbread should be released in October 2010, just before March 2011 (now changed from 2010) is stated. Author is obviously confusing device release date with OS release date because March 2011 is never mentioned in regards to Android OS.

Another source confirms 2010 holiday season launch too.

Still don't get the reason why my post was voted down.

RE: 2011
By Quadrillity on 8/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: 2011
By FaceMaster on 8/15/2010 12:08:45 AM , Rating: 2
How old are you? 5?

RE: 2011
By Ravynmagi on 8/13/2010 1:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, either the facts or the language in that first paragraph seems to be a bit off.

Dailytech slow to report news...
By tallcool1 on 8/13/10, Rating: 0
RE: Dailytech slow to report news...
By MrTeal on 8/13/2010 12:16:26 PM , Rating: 2
I have an interesting topic I would like to show up on DailyTech. How can I submit it?
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By tallcool1 on 8/13/2010 3:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
I was referring to the "Submit News" link at the top of the page.

Either way, the DT editors never picked up the story regardless.

actual picture or photoshop?
By gjk392 on 8/13/2010 3:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
That sure looks like the work of photoshop. Why would there be rubber bumpers on a screen that doesn't close?

RE: actual picture or photoshop?
By HotdogIT on 8/13/2010 5:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
could be so it can rest screen-down and not scratch? It does look photoshopped though, agreed, but just an idea.

By damianrobertjones on 8/13/2010 12:28:44 PM , Rating: 2
The HP TC1100 was a fantastic device which I miss.
The Latitude XT was crippled by its naff 1.8" drive
The Latitude XT2 flew with the sata 1.8" SSD
The Acer 1820ptz was a fantastic device with great battery life
The Archos 9 was a slice of junk and even an SSD drive couldn't help that one
The Asus R2h, which I still have, was quite fun :)

ANY Windows 7 Tablet has to have the DPI set to 125% at least to be finger friendly and I just 'hope' that they state '8 hours battery life', which usually drops to 4 hours the moment you touch the machine. Also design the damn things with bigger 3rd party batteries in mind!

With a whole load of services disabled, an SSD, I'm looking forward to the Win7 Tablet from Asus.

Don't let me down now :)

RE: Word
By robinthakur on 8/20/2010 9:26:32 AM , Rating: 1
Ah Damien, you always comment on tablet stories with the same DPI changing advice. Do you work for MS incidentally? Also why so obsessed with services and the fact that itunes installs 6 different services? Might be sloppy coding practice, but I just get on with using the devices for their given purpose personally. You are destined to be disappointed by the me-too Asus Tablet, i'm afraid to say given their past record. Windows, in any incarnation, at the end of the day is not nor has ever been great on a tablet, perhaps Android will succeed where it failed. You might manage to work with the various foibles and technical gotchas, but people outside of the IT sphere generally lack patience with them and toss them to the curb pretty quickly.

Picked up an iPad after a long run of overspecced, heavy Windows tablets (e.g. XT2) and would never go back. It just does what you (realistically) want it to, and looks nice. Really pleased. The OS especially is built for the device and you don't have to fart around configuring things like the DPI to be able to adequately use it to full effect ;P

By taisingera on 8/13/2010 12:23:41 PM , Rating: 2
for $399 since using a Tablet shouldn't be a full blown PC, but should offer a bit more options than an iPad. As long as the Android can play 720p and 1080p and go online, I would be fine with that. I can't see spending $1000 for a W7 HP tablet with Core2. What would the battery life be on it?

Windows tablet
By ZachDontScare on 8/13/2010 4:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
I really like the idea of a Win 7 slate. But at $1000, that price is gonna kill the product. I wish they'd just make an 8 or 10 inch model for half that price.

Where's the GPS?
By MobiusStrip on 8/13/2010 8:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
The blunder Apple made with the non-3G iPad is the lack of GPS.

Every competitor should be including GPS on every model; it's a no-brainer. This one feature makes it much easier to rationalize the purchase of one of these gimmicky devices. If it's an OK E-book reader and a big-screened GPS, you have a couple hundreds bucks' worth of value right there.

Core 2 duo?
By twhittet on 8/15/2010 9:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
Why are they using old technology? Motion Computing already has their new tablet out with a Core i7. Their tablets have been running full Windows 7 for a year now.

Lagging behind
By serkol on 8/13/10, Rating: -1
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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