In a conference call with reporters, Asus CEO Jerry Shen announced his company plans to release three tablet devices beginning in December or January, with the Android-powered tablet scheduled for a March release.
First up, the Asus Eee Pad EP121, which Shen is targeting for December or January with a price point around $1,000. Previous reports suggested the EP121 will have a 12.1-inch touchscreen, an Intel Core Duo ULV processor, and will run Windows 7 Home Premium. PC World reports that the Eee Pad will have a docking station that will transform the tablet into a laptop, similar the Lenovo’s U1 hybrid design.
Asus will release the second Windows Eee Pad in January. This traditional form-factor tablet PC will sport a 10-inch touchscreen as well as an ARM processor and run Windows Embedded Compact 7. It will be priced somewhere between $399 and $499.
Rounding out the Eee Pad lineup is the Google-Android powered tablet, that Shen announced will be released in March and cost less than $399.
Earlier this month, rumors swirled that Asus was dropping Windows Embedded Compact 7 for Android in their 10-inch device. Judging from Shen’s announcement, it appears Asus is sticking with the Microsoft OS.
Eee Tablet Gets Priced Too
Shen also shed some light on the Asus Eee Tablet, telling reporters that the 8-inch device will cost approximately $300. Early this month, the DigiTimes reported the device would cost “below $599.”
Just don’t call it a tablet, the Eee Tablet is actually a Kindle competitor.
According to Shen, the Eee Tablet will have a 64-shade grayscale LCD with no backlight and a 1024 x 768 resolution, similar to the Aluratek Libre. It will support both touch and stylus input with a digitizer and will be aimed at students as an eReader and note-taking device.
The Eee Tablet will also support WiFi, have a full web browser, 2GB internal storage, microSD slot, 2MP digital camera and and on-board microphone. It will run a custom Linux OS.
Shen claimed the Eee Tablet may be rebranded the Eee Note upon release to avoid confusion with the Eee Pad lineup. Asus expects to ship the Eee Tablet/Eee Note in October.
Source: PC World