Asus Eee Pad Will Come in Two Versions: Microsoft or Google

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Asus is going to take the wraps off a tablet computer at the Computex tradeshow early next month. The first version of the Eee Pad will run Microsoft Windows, while a second will use one of Google’s operating systems.

Asus Eee PCThe company’s CEO Jerry Shen has revealed that he will announce this upcoming model on June 10 at Computex.

However, according to an unconfirmed report, Asus plans to get a heads-start on Computex by announcing the Eee Pad on May 31.

Preview of the Eee Pad
Shen has given away a few details on this upcoming tablet PC before the formal announcement, including that it will have a 10-inch display.

The first version of the Eee Pad to be released will run Microsoft Windows on an Intel Atom processor, while a version based on Google’s Android OS or Chrome OS and an NVIDIA Tegra processor will be introduced at some point in the future. 

The Windows version will definitely be the more powerful of the two, but the much lower hardware requirements for Android and Chrome should give that version much longer battery life.

The CEO of Asus promised the tablet computer will be thin and light, and won’t need a fan to cool its processor.

Pricing and Availability?
Shen is planning to announced but not release the Eee Pad early next month. An unconfirmed report says the tablet computer will hit store shelves in July, and will cost NT$15,000 – $16,000 (US$475 – $500).

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