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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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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

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