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ASUS confirms Eee Pad with Android, Eee Tablet at October

updated 08:45 am EDT, Fri August 13, 2010

ASUS Eee Pad with Android due in March

ASUS chief Jerry Shen on Friday confirmed that his company was developing an Android version of the Eee Pad. The slate should arrive in March and should undercut Apple's iPad with a $399 or lower price. He wouldn't give more details but was quoted by PC World as diverting some of ASUS' smartphone team to tablets to produce the design.

The executive for now debunked rumors that the Android model was replacing the Windows Embedded version. The EP101TC is still coming, Shen said, although it will be more expensive than the Android version with a price between $399 and $499.

In spite of earlier claims, the full Windows 7 tablet, the EP121, will cost closer to $1,000 when it ships in either December or January. Shen justified the price as it had a companion dock that turned it into a full computer. It also uses relatively high-end components, such an ULV Core 2 Duo processor and a full version of Windows 7.

Also, Shen said the Eee Tablet would come in at a lower price than expected. The e-paper note taking tool would ship for about $300 and would be the earliest of all the tablet-style devices, shipping in October.

ASUS has been relatively late to tablets despite outlining plans this spring, but the decision to launch an Android device points to a greater seriousness in the arena, which for now is almost exclusively dominated by the iPad. Many had expected the company to ship an Android tablet relatively quickly, but unconfirmed suspicions have persisted that Intel and Microsoft forced silence and demanded that either Atom- or Windows-based tablets arrived first.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. kerryb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    also ran

    I guess these companies have to produce something but full Win7 on a touch device?

  1. md-wnc

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2010

    -2

    March?? Too late, they're cooked

    Eeek-Pad? Pee-Pad? Sheesh. When are these companies going to stop trying to copy Apple on everything? From hardware to marketing. Losers.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +4

    Re: March?? Too late, they're cooked

    How come when Apple comes late to a market, it's that they're biding their time and waiting until they have something that'll work and that being first in doesn't mean anything.

    But another company comes in late, and they're just 'too late'?

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +1

    Haha... The desktop Windows tablet is...

    ten years too late which is beyond biding their time since they've been trying every year. I've just got a hunch that both the industry and consumers are sort of trying to avoid full Windows bloatware on a slim tablet. Maybe this time around ASUS will prove everyone wrong. We'll see soon enough. I don't know what the IT and nerd boys are looking to play with but I honestly doubt consumers will enjoy using it even if it does twice as much as an iPad.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +1

    Oracle will sue them too

    Oracle's lawsuit against Google appears to have merit. The use of Dalvik, an alternative, incompatible JVM, violates the open Java ME source license. Anything but 100% compliance is a violation. Sun sued Microsoft over Java and Microsoft settled out of court for $2 billion, in case you don't recall.

    So look for Oracle to sue HTC, LG, Motorola, and yes, ASUS. The agreement prevents any product from being shipped with a non-compliant implementation of Java.

    This is Google's worst nightmare. (Google's second-worst nightmare is a Verizon iPhone, which is guaranteed to happen sooner or later...)

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