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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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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.

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