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PICTURED: Multitouch Eee PC With Swiveling LCD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

You want a netbook but, for some strange reason, are hankering after one that is also a tablet. Well look no further, here we have a convertible Eee PC that is said to pack Intel's Pine Trail chip.

French language site, Blogeee, reports that this little baby will see an April release and is confident that there will be no delays. While the specifications are not yet solid, Blogee says we can expect a 10.1-inch backlit, 1024x600, LED display (resistive multitouch), the Atom N450, a choice of either 1GB of 2GB of DDR2 and up to 320 GB of storage (along with 500GB of Asus WebStorage). Both the RAM and storage depend on which version of Windows 7 you want (Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium).

The multitouch Eee PC also boasts 3 x USB 2.0 ports, VGA, a multicard reader, the obligatory 0.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11b/g/n and will be available in black or white.

No word on price or a U.S. release but let us know if you're interested and we'll keep you posted!

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    haunted one , February 15, 2010 1:40 PM
    Fabulous! I can see many uses for this. At least for me.
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    flyinfinni , February 15, 2010 1:06 PM
    That looks pretty sweet to me! Coming from Asus, it probably won't be too terribly overpriced, but will probably still be plenty expensive.
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    halcyon , February 15, 2010 1:06 PM
    Nice...and if they had a version with the N330 Atom @ less than $650 as an option that'd be really sweet too. One can wish.
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    fancarolina , February 15, 2010 1:11 PM
    Great now just make this with the Atom 330 and Nvidia Ion chipset like the Eee PC 1201N has.
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    haunted one , February 15, 2010 1:40 PM
    Fabulous! I can see many uses for this. At least for me.
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    Silmarunya , February 15, 2010 1:49 PM
    Not something I could use, but it's a great innovation. Asus is really becoming a major innovator, applause for them!
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    athreex , February 15, 2010 2:30 PM
    halcyonNice...and if they had a version with the N330 Atom @ less than $650 as an option that'd be really sweet too. One can wish.

    Not bad wish ( I like it) still I would give more priority over the battery life for this thing. If this commes with a comparable Asus 1005PE (which is aprox. 11-12 hours) this is clearly a tablet for a whole day.
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    SlyMaelstrom , February 15, 2010 2:45 PM
    Well there goes half of the Apple iPad sales. Horray for ASUS and it's prompt response.

    B.T.W. ... Resistive Multi-touch. Do you think it's Stantum's technology?
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    Regulas , February 15, 2010 3:32 PM
    One Problem, Windows tax included.
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    darkknight22 , February 15, 2010 3:33 PM
    Talk about iPad killer! This thing looks awesome! Price it right and I could see this thing catching on quick.
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    wildwell , February 15, 2010 3:53 PM
    This seems to address a lot of the tablet PC's restrictions. I wonder how well built that swivel hinge is?
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    mdillenbeck , February 15, 2010 4:09 PM
    Long Version:

    For some strange reason? How about inking in chemistry, physics, or calculus & post-calculus classes while other people using regular laptops put them away. Perhaps I'd like to load up GIMP or Corel Painter and do a quick sketch and/or painting while out and about, but I just by chance didn't have a fully stocked art bag with me. Maybe instead of having to tote around a kindle, I'll just get PDF versions of texts that are no longer under copyright and save buying and toting around a second device.

    Anyway, blog posts I read hinted that the T91 and the T101 were originally coming out together... then the T101 was delayed... then they pulled some Apple-esque magic on the T91 (stuff like internal battery, downgraded ink unfriendly screen, etc) and like many others I opted to wait...

    Short Version:

    Hell yes I'd be interested in hearing more about this... cause I had to skip the T91 after they nerfed it against us Tablet PC users. This is the closest to my dream netbook.
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    m-manla , February 15, 2010 5:38 PM
    Nice! Wonders if it comes with a Stylus.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2010 5:54 PM
    Good for Asus! They have yet to disappoint.
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    -Alessandro- , February 15, 2010 6:07 PM
    very nice tablet. Hope in the future they sell it with other OS's
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    huron , February 15, 2010 6:55 PM
    That really does look nice. I thought that Lenovo had something out that is similar (S10-3T) - it's in the $400-$450 range - not bad.

    I'm hoping these things keep coming out so the quality/features continues to go up and the price goes down.
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    repnet computers , February 15, 2010 7:24 PM
    This is the net-book I have been waiting for. jot down notes at meetings and can use it with one hand with the touch screen, or flip the screen and get some work done while away from the office. Nice job ASUS!
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    jludvig , February 15, 2010 8:51 PM
    One piece of information I'd be very interested in, pretty please Jane, is the number of touch points. Most of the time multitouch apparently means "duo touch" (only two touch points), the better options have 5 touchpoints according to this wikipedia article:
    It makes a big difference for some applications, like control surfaces for AV production (VJ / DJ / music) - we all have 10 fingers, why use only two at a time?
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    jludvig , February 15, 2010 8:53 PM
    oh, and can I ask: why does the comment form have a url button if URL's are deleted?
    fyi the wikipedia entry is called List_of_Multi-Touch_Computers_and_Monitors
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    TheDuke , February 15, 2010 9:03 PM
    once again another product similar to the ipad but incredibly more capable and feature filled.
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    virtualban , February 15, 2010 10:23 PM
    iDo and theyDon't, would like to see the commercials, artistic property and ideas permitting.
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