Asus R1

Asus R2
Asus showcases R1 and R2

Asus is making a bigger name for itself in the mobile market with a wide range of mobile devices ranging from 11.1" ultra-light notebooks to 17" desktop replacements. The company showed off two of its newer offerings today at Computex.

First up is a model that many of you are already familiar with thanks to the FCC. The R1 is Asus' first entry into the Tablet PC market and features a 13.3" glossy widescreen display. Asus didn't skimp on the features either with support for Intel Core Duo T2300, T2400, T2500 and T2600 processors, DVD burner, modular drive bay to support an additional battery, GbE, an ExpressCard slot and biometric security. Hard drive options include 80GB, 100GB and 120GB offerings.

Also on the show floor was the new R2 UMPC. While Sony went for a more untraditional approach with a smallish 4.5" display which makes it harder to read text and higher resolutions, Asus has decided to stick with Microsoft's recommendation of a 7" WXGA screen. The R2 also packs a standard GPS module to make on-the-go tracking a cinch, 20/30/40/60GB hard drive options, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR a built-in 1.3MP webcam. Asus is also working to extract more battery life out of its UMPC. Poor battery life has been one of the many criticisms leveled against the Samsung Q1 which is already available in stores. Asus is confident that it can push the R1H's battery life out to greater than 2 hours.

Although pricing is not definite on either model, Asus expects for the R1 to retail for around $2,000 while the R2 will come it at just under $1,000 in base form when it is released in Q3.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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