*UPDATED – News – Asus Tablets Convertible AND Slates, New Tablet PC Finger and Pen Input, Centrino Duo Battery Life Mystery

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Asus Tablets to be Convertible AND Slates

Asus Tablet PC models due for release in the spring will be available in both convertible and slate designs. Additionally ASUS will be sticking to the new dual core platform from Intel.

Asus Tablet PC set for a mid-year 2006 release

RFI Convertible Specs:

  • 13.3″ Widescreen Display
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
  • Intel Yonah 2MB L2 Cache – up to 2.33GHz
  • Up to 2GB DDR2 RAM 667MHz
  • 80GB/100GB/120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Security Chip
  • Biometric Fingerprint Reader

New Tablet PC Model Allows Finger and Pen Input

Xplore Technologies has a new ruggedized Tablet PC  which allows for both pen and finger input. The DualMode ” iX104C2DV” (try to remember this one) incorporates this dual-input feature to allow the user easy access while in a vehicle. Personally I would use this feature often if I had it. Sometimes its a real “drag” (no pun intended) to have to always use a pen!

*UPDATE: It seems that Xplore will also be adding built-in EV-DO wireless technology to the upcoming Tablet PC model as well. As I sit here typing this, I am using my Audiovox PC5740 card with Verizon Broadband service. Once you get to have Broadband everywhere you go – you’ll never go back to hot spots!

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Centrino Duo Battery Life Mystery

At CES we were told that the dual core CPU’s will offer even better battery life than the current Sonoma generation. Well does that mean the better for “each core”? Ouch, that would essentially mean you would see half the life of the what you get now! Well I don’t mean to scare anyone as this is certainly not substantiated by any data. However, Tom’s Hardware has conducted tests with the new Yonah platform that have produced some interesting results. Read more…




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