As we said in our CES preview, Windows tablets will make the biggest splash in Vegas. One early candidate to generate some buzz is the Asus EP121 Eee Pad tablet PC, which just made its official YouTube debut in an Asus promotional video. Check it out:
The EP121, which the video voiceover refers to as the “Eee Slate” and not Eee Pad, will have a 12.1-inch display and run Windows 7 with its Intel Core I5 processor. It will have HDMI and USB ports, an SD card slot and a web cam. The tablet will support multi-touch, but the video does not mention pen support. However, because Asus is touting the EP121 as a business-friendly and productive tablet PC and the video does show animated pen input, TPCR believes it will have an active digitizer. It will be the first question we ask Asus when we see them in Vegas at CES.
Asus announced in August that the EP121 will retail for around $1,000 and have an Intel Core Duo ULV processor. Other reports suggested it will include an optional docking station that will transform the EP121 into a laptop, similar to the Lenovo U1 hybrid design.
There is still no official word on the other Eee Pad’s Asus debuted at Computex last summer, including the ARM-based 10-inch Android tablet and the tablet running Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS.
Might the Windows CE tablet have something to do with the rumored Microsoft ARM announcement at CES? We’ll keep an eye on that.
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