Taiwan-based Asus, MSI and ECS are readying their tablets and eReaders for CES 2011, joining an already crowded field that includes the Motorola Honeycomb tablet and a host of other Android, Windows, and maybe even webOS devices.
According to the rumor-mongers at the Digitimes, Asus will lead the pack with three product lines, including the already announced Eee Note, Eee Pads, and Eee Reader eBook reading device.
A promotional video has already confirmed that the 12.1-inch Eee Pad EP121 will be on hand. The Windows 7 tablet PC will sport an Intel Core i5 processor and have USB, HDMI and SD card compatibility. The report claims Asus is targeting the enterprise market, which the video suggests as Asus touts the EP121’s productivity and expandability.
Joining the EP121 will be two 10-inch Eee Pads, one running Windows 7 (though earlier reports claimed Windows CE) and Intel’s Oak Trail platform, and the other with Google Android the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Both devices are rumored to cost $499 to $599 and ship out by March at the earliest.
Asus will also have a seven-inch Android tablet on hand that will feature either Tegra 2 or a Qualcomm ARM chip. This device will have “3.5G” connectivity and phone functionality. The seven-inch Android tablet may hit shelves by March or April.
The MSI Windpad that first made its debut at Computex 2010 will also be on hand. This ten-inch tablet will run Windows 7 and feature an Intel chip. MSI will also reportedly show off a Tegra-2 Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet prototype, which could ship in March, The report also pegs March 2011 as the official Android 3.0 release month.
ECS (Elitegroup Computer System) will also have a handful of gadgets, including three eReaders ranging in screen size from six to 9.7 inches. The eReaders will have capacitive touchscreen and run either a Linux or the Google Android operating system. The eReaders will support multiple document and music file formats and have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G support. At least one, the 9.7-inch model, will have a Marvell-based chipset.
Finally, ECS is said to have multiple Windows 7 and Android tablets ready for CES, including both Intel Atom and ARM-based processor units from Samsung or Marvell. The ARM-based tablets will have up to eight hours of juice and feature Wi-Fi support. The multi-touch tablets will range in screen size from 10.1 to seven-inches.
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