Asus had announced two new tablets in Computex 2010 — the EEE Pad EP101TC and the EP121. It recently announced that it would be shipping the 10.1 inch EP101TC with Android 2.2 Froyo.
Today, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek announced that the Android based EP101TC will be priced below $399. It will be the third EEE Pad release.
The first, he said, will launch in December 2010 — the EEE Pad EP121, a 12 inch tablet which will run Windows 7 Home Premium and will be powered by a Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor. It will be priced at around $1000. It will come with a docking station which will transform it into a laptop.
The second EEE Pad will be a 10 inch tablet which will run Windows Embedded Compact 7. It will be priced in the $399 – $499 range.
Detailed specifications of any tablet aren’t available yet.
The tablet space is surely heating up. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Notion Ink Adam are set to launch in that time frame. We should soon see a deluge of iPad alternatives.
via PC World
Asus had announced two new tablets, the EEE Pad EP101TC and the EP121 a couple of months back in Cumputex 2010. Both the tablets were supposed to run on Windows CE (Embedded Compact) which had inspired a few groans from those who had tried them out. Though attractive, the Windows CE interface was a bit buggy and unresponsive.
Asus seems to have ditched its Windows CE plans and will now ship the EEE Pad EP101TC with Android on board. They are currently working on a version of the EP101TC with Android 2.2 Froyo and may even switch to Android 3.0 Gingerbread by the time shipping commences in Q1 2011. They plan to showcase the tablet in CES 2011.
In other news, even Lenovo seems to be readying its Android tablet, the LePad for a launch by the end of 2010. The tablet wars are just beginning.