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Asus Teases Uber Skinny Eee PC and Tablet Phone

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Asus is planning a big week for Computex 2011.

It’s been a long time since we saw the first Eee PC, and to say the brand has changed a lot would be an understatement. Between all the Eee Slates and Eee Pad Transformers, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about the original Eee PC netbook. However, Asus hasn’t forgotten about the very first Eee PC. In fact, the company is planning a new Eee PC, among other things, and it’ll unveil it next month.

With Computex Taipei nearly upon us (don't forget, our coverage starts next week), Asus has set about whipping fans into a frenzy about what it plans to announce at the tradeshow. Using its Facebook page as a platform for teasing, the company has been posting images all week and dropping hints about what it will have on hand in Taiwan.

First up is what looks like a tablet with the tagline, “Break the Rules: Pad or Phone?” It definitely looks like a tablet, but another posting points towards three additional photos of the device (on Techinstyle) and asks," “Hmmm tablets with bumps... is it pregnant??" Could we be looking at a phone with a larger, tablet dock? We could see this working if the phone clipped in to the back of the tablet...

Next is a teaser for a the new Eee PC, which looks to be slimmer than ever. However, Asus is promising another twist with this device and in posting the picture, the company also asked users how the felt about Linux on the Eee PC:

“What do you prefer to use:, pad, notebook or netbook? Also, given that we were first to try Linux with the Eee PC 701 back in 2007 - we'd like to know again: is Windows still a firm requirement for your everyday needs?”



Last but not least is a product described as “a tablet that jumps out at you.” This definitely looks like a phone, so we’re inclined to think this image could be tied to the ‘pad or phone’ teaser from earlier this week. ‘Jumps out’ could refer to the fact that you can pop the phone in and out of the tablet dock, right? 



Whatever these devices are, we don’t have long to wait before we find out.

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    stm1185 , May 28, 2011 2:41 AM
    Quote:
    is Windows still a firm requirement for your everyday needs?


    Yes.

    Is a tablet worthwhile in any way?

    No.
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    stm1185 , May 28, 2011 2:41 AM
    Quote:
    is Windows still a firm requirement for your everyday needs?


    Yes.

    Is a tablet worthwhile in any way?

    No.
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    fir_ser , May 28, 2011 2:45 AM
    I’m interested to see what ASUS will come up with.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2011 3:59 AM
    The tablet that jumps out at you is cleaaarly going to utilise glassesless 3D.
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    ProDigit10 , May 28, 2011 4:00 AM
    transformer with touchscreen, or netbook with touchscreen, or tablet with keyboard probably!

    Maybe even Android OS.
  • 0 Hide
    ProDigit10 , May 28, 2011 4:00 AM
    or dual boot!
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    memadmax , May 28, 2011 5:57 AM
    can't wait for the tablet fad to be over....
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    tibla , May 28, 2011 6:41 AM
    CubitsThe tablet that jumps out at you is cleaaarly going to utilise glassesless 3D.


    Judging by the pics, it'll be a tablet that "breaks" out of the net(note)book?
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    Doom3klr , May 28, 2011 7:22 AM
    The original ee pc was a 7inch netbook that had xp or linux. Wich was cool they should make another 7 inch netbook but this time a gaming one.
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    killerclick , May 28, 2011 8:18 AM
    Doom3klrThe original ee pc was a 7inch netbook that had xp or linux. Wich was cool they should make another 7 inch netbook but this time a gaming one.


    7" gaming netbook? Lol, why? You've got an even smaller display on your phone, why not use that?
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    killerclick , May 28, 2011 8:19 AM
    Asusis Windows still a firm requirement for your everyday needs


    Yeah, pretty much.
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    lollo , May 28, 2011 8:36 AM
    look the 4 image :) 

    http://www.chromeos.eu/2011/05/28/esclusiva-asus-ecco-la-quarta-immagine-del-nuovo-prodotto/
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    catchercradle , May 28, 2011 8:48 AM
    For me No I do not need Windoz£ I don't need it on my desktop and if I get a netbook/tablet etc. I won't need it there. I have now used Linux exlusively on my desktop for over 10 years and don't see any reason to change.
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    molo9000 , May 28, 2011 10:17 AM
    The only thing that keeps Windows on my desktop is gaming.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 28, 2011 2:42 PM
    "is Windows still a firm requirement for your everyday needs"

    My requirement for any new computer is no OS. I'll deal with the installation myself, and I prefer dual-boot. It's amazing how much $h!t one needs to go through in order to get a laptop without an OS.
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    robisinho , May 28, 2011 3:20 PM
    they were the first to introduce linux way back in 2007 .. what do they mean, introduce it on their own eee brand? because I got in trouble back in 1999 ordering a laptop with linux on it, and it was old hat by then
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    killerclick , May 28, 2011 8:50 PM
    amk-aka-phantom"is Windows still a firm requirement for your everyday needs"My requirement for any new computer is no OS. I'll deal with the installation myself, and I prefer dual-boot. It's amazing how much $h!t one needs to go through in order to get a laptop without an OS.


    Did you try formatting the hard drive?
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    Hatecrime69 , May 28, 2011 8:52 PM
    I wouldn't mind linux as long as it's not that cruddy linux distro they used on the 701. Then again I'm not sure I'd want win 7 starter on it either...win 7 premium, ubuntu, or nothing at all if you ask me
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    vider , May 28, 2011 9:21 PM
    The following is a showcase of performance differences between an Intel based Atom netbook and an AMD Bobcat C-series based netbook. I will take ANY DAY an AMD solution over an Intel one. Atom CPU's preaty much made me stay away from that market segment, I was hoping that AMD would have something better than what Intel had to offer, my waiting is over, thanks to AMD.

    The reason to as why anyone would want to get a Netbook, is because of it's weight. As a student, caring a Notebook around school from 08:00 to 18:00, is a pain. So a netbook for that market segment, fits the bill.

    Asus 1015PX (Intel Atom N570)
    http://mobilityupdate.com/netbooks/atom-n570-review/

    Asus 1215B (AMD C-Series C-50)
    http://mobilityupdate.com/netbooks/asus-1215b-review/

    Judge for yourself.
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    ProDigit10 , May 29, 2011 4:01 AM
    viderThe following is a showcase of performance differences between an Intel based Atom netbook and an AMD Bobcat C-series based netbook. I will take ANY DAY an AMD solution over an Intel one. Atom CPU's preaty much made me stay away from that market segment, I was hoping that AMD would have something better than what Intel had to offer, my waiting is over, thanks to AMD.The reason to as why anyone would want to get a Netbook, is because of it's weight. As a student, caring a Notebook around school from 08:00 to 18:00, is a pain. So a netbook for that market segment, fits the bill.Asus 1015PX (Intel Atom N570)http://mobilityupdate.com/netbooks/atom-n570-review/Asus 1215B (AMD C-Series C-50)http://mobilityupdate.com/netbooks/asus-1215b-review/Judge for yourself.

    Yawn!
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    feeddagoat , May 29, 2011 4:41 PM
    The asus memo still looks to be the best upcoming tablet/phone. Tho nearly all tablets lack SD card or usb ports that can read from a memory stick. this means tablets will alway relay on a laptop or desktop over being a replacement.
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