updated 01:00 pm EDT, Mon May 3, 2010
ASUD Eee Pad to get Win7 version, Acer MID due
ASUS' Eee Pad will be available in two versions, said the company president and CEO, Jerry Shen. In addition to the ARM-powered tablet PC with Google Android or Chrome, the previously mentioned Microsoft version will carry Windows 7 and an Intel Atom processor. Shen also revealed the 10-inch device will not have a fan and will purportedly be thin and light.
The Windows-running Eee Pad will make its official debut at Computex 2010 at the start of June. While it will be designed by ASUS, the company's recently split-off manufacturing arm Pegatron will assemble them. Google-based versions aren't expected to show for some time.
News on a similar handheld Internet device from Acer have also now included unofficial rumors that they will be powered by ARM processors and an Android operating system. Manufacturing of the devices will be outsourced to Compal. Screen sizes of the devices remains unknown, and the latest report is in contrast with earlier news that it would run on a customized Shell 4.0 interface. While they are expected to show up this month, no update on the release dates has been given.
Both the Eee Pad and unnamed Acer MID are hoped by their creators to steal some market share away from Apple's iPad based on their flexibility, but neither ASUS nor Acer has significant share in the handheld or tablet spaces. [via Digitimes]