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Asus Announces EeePC Tablets, the Eee Pads

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Asus has finally made its EeePC tablet official; the company announced the tablet, dubbed the Eee Pad, at Computex today.

Asus today previewed its Eee Pad tablet, but disappointed attendees at Computex by saying the device won't be available until the beginning of 2011. When the 12-inch EP121 launches, it will pack Intel's Core 2 Duo CULV processors, and run Windows 7. The company is also planning a 10-inch version, the EP101TC, which run Windows Embedded Compact 7 and packs Nvidia's Tegra. Though Asus mentions there will be a hybrid dock/keyboard for the EP121, there's no word on whether or not this peripheral will be compatible for the smaller EP101TC.

Though the release isn't for at least another six months, Asus reportedly put the price for the Eee Pads at $399 to $499.

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    Snipergod87 , June 1, 2010 3:28 PM
    Those look pretty sexy
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    sliem , June 1, 2010 3:31 PM
    Sexy except the name.
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    tokenz , June 1, 2010 3:37 PM
    No information on specs?
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    tokenz , June 1, 2010 3:38 PM
    I mean ports, video out, storage, screen, battery life, those kinda specs
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    vertigo_2000 , June 1, 2010 3:41 PM
    Eee Pad?

    Really? That's what you're going with?

    lol... ok.

    http://www.google.ca/search?q=pee+pad&rls=com.microsoft:*&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&redir_esc=&ei=oCkFTNenDYH88AanmKTZDQ
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    captaincharisma , June 1, 2010 3:42 PM
    i am waiting for what stupid name apple is going to make the norm next. now everyone is going to be calling tablets after the ipad.

    still i would rather get the asus one than the apple tablet. also here's hoping the asus tablet will have more space than 64GB.
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    mman74 , June 1, 2010 3:46 PM
    Why Win 7 - why not instant on low resource efficient Android?
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    boobot , June 1, 2010 3:49 PM
    HP will be Slate. Best name yet but let's see how they follow with functionality
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    jimslaid2 , June 1, 2010 3:51 PM
    mman74Why Win 7 - why not instant on low resource efficient Android?


    Exactly!
    We want Android!
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    mel_gibson_ , June 1, 2010 3:51 PM
    Let me guess - it won't come with any applications, but you can purchase programs for it for 10x the price of a corresponding iPad app. With a battery life half of that of an iPad. I'm no Apple fan boy by any measure (I once called it "the evil empire" to an Apple executive's face), but I'm categorizing this as vaporware, along with the HP Slate, until I see a unit up for sale.
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    captaincharisma , June 1, 2010 4:03 PM
    mman74Why Win 7 - why not instant on low resource efficient Android?


    because some people rather have a tablet that has more the feel of a netbook than a crippled OS from a smart phone
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    WheelsOfConfusion , June 1, 2010 4:04 PM
    captaincharismai am waiting for what stupid name apple is going to make the norm next. now everyone is going to be calling tablets after the ipad.

    To be fair, "tablet" applied to actual rather than concept hardware almost always meant a traditional laptop with a swivel screen to hide the keyboard called "tablet PCs." Those have been around in real hardware form for years, but usually sold in small numbers, so calling the keyboardless versions "tablets" might have saddled them with consumer preconceptions.
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    triculious , June 1, 2010 4:08 PM
    well... if it's win7 I'd assume it's pretty easy to load the thing with open source and/or free software for those worried about the price of programs to load the thing with

    again, I'm only assuming
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    tsnorquist , June 1, 2010 4:20 PM
    What's with the "xPad" names.

    Why not call it something like: Asus View, EGo, or CarEEE.

    Quit following Apple's lackluster nomenclature already, it's getting old.
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    mman74 , June 1, 2010 4:28 PM
    captaincharismabecause some people rather have a tablet that has more the feel of a netbook than a crippled OS from a smart phone

    OK, agreed but why not make it an option. At least it will cost less, the battery life will last longer, it'll operate and boot faster and I could have the choice. I wouldn't say Android is crippled. Does a heck of a lot, and as of this month will support Flash.
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    etrom , June 1, 2010 4:29 PM
    triculiouswell... if it's win7 I'd assume it's pretty easy to load the thing with open source and/or free software for those worried about the price of programs to load the thing withagain, I'm only assuming


    I agree. Having a full flavor of Windows 7 and also a CULV C2D(should be a CULV i-series anyways) on the 12-inch model, you'll be able to install anything you want it.
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    mman74 , June 1, 2010 4:36 PM
    captaincharismabecause some people rather have a tablet that has more the feel of a netbook than a crippled OS from a smart phone

    Oh yes, and I forgot because most people buy Tablets because they must sit on the train or bus and formulate complex documents that must be compiled in MS Office or AutoCAD or some other Windows proprietary OS, aided by the lack of a keyboard. I guess I am in the minority, cos I like tablets for their convenience to browse the web (with Flash), read a book, watch movies and listen to music - hey I can do that with Android!
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    captaincharisma , June 1, 2010 4:39 PM
    mman74OK, agreed but why not make it an option. At least it will cost less, the battery life will last longer, it'll operate and boot faster and I could have the choice. I wouldn't say Android is crippled. Does a heck of a lot, and as of this month will support Flash.


    think of it this way if it is going to be like a netbook than there may be a way to uninstall windows and put on the OS of choice
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    captaincharisma , June 1, 2010 4:49 PM
    mman74Oh yes, and I forgot because most people buy Tablets because they must sit on the train or bus and formulate complex documents that must be compiled in MS Office or AutoCAD or some other Windows proprietary OS, aided by the lack of a keyboard. I guess I am in the minority, cos I like tablets for their convenience to browse the web (with Flash), read a book, watch movies and listen to music - hey I can do that with Android!


    most people rather have an OS on something that they can do everything they want other than an OS that just came out that can be very limited in what they can do with it. for me i don't want to spend over 200-400 bucks on something just to browse the web.

    but to each his own
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    brendano257 , June 1, 2010 5:18 PM
    Of course. As soon as something NON-Apple comes out at the same starting price point of the iPad, no one complains about the price. Way to go, you supposedly "un-biased" people. I'm not a fan of the iPad, I prefer my Samsung Moment/Android, but I'm pointing out the obvious bias here.

    In any case, Eee Pads: Easy tampons for those temperamental fanbois.
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