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  • Asustek Introduces the Eee Pad



    It may resemble the iPad from a distance, but upon closer inspection you will learn that this tablet computer isn't an Apple product at all. In fact, it's an "alternative" to Apple's revolutionary iPad - at least that's what Netbook PC pioneer Asustek is claiming today. On Monday, while millions of Americans are enjoying their iPads on the Memorial Day holiday - Asustek wants to give the iPad a memorial service itself by burying Apple's tablet with its new offering dubbed the Eee Pad (available in two versions, 12" and 10" models with a variety of differences between them).

    The tablet PC in question will run on Intel Corp or ARM Holdings chips and use Microsoft's Windows OS, reveals Asustek chairman Jonney Shih before the product "kick off" and official reveal at the Computex fair, a huge global PC exhibit. "The Eee Pad can display Adobe flash for the full web experience, has a USB port and a camera," Shih boasted. "We looked at how we could best address the needs of users from all walks of life, and I believe this is the product."

    If you're wondering how much this bad boy will cost or when it will be available, your guess is as good as mine. Asustek, unfortunately, gave little confirmation as to when the Eee Pad would reach customers or at least be propped up for pre-orders. Although Asustek has previously hyped products and paraded them around at fairs ultimately without ever releasing them, it appears that the Eee Pad is destined to hit the marketplace and duke it out with the iPad. More evidence to support its eventual releases comes in the form of Asustek's ongoing work with both Intel and Microsoft to develop and launch its own app store for the Eee Pad.

    Edward Yen, an analyst at UBS, tells Reuters: "It's all about the platform if Asustek really wants to do well in this field. I'm sure the hardware is fine, but the biggest question now is how it's going to attract enough users to create the critical mass needed for an app store."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Asustek Introduces the Eee Pad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. britcan's Avatar
      britcan -
      Not bad for the first clone out there. Im sure there be more to come.
      Im still for Apple all the way.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Vaporware... amazing what can be created on PhotoShop.
    1. migmanson's Avatar
      migmanson -
      Photoshop? There's a hands-on video on Engadget.
    1. tremerone's Avatar
      tremerone -
      A tablet is just a tablet. It's not an "i" device.
      Plus my experiences with Windows "touch" OS has completely scared me off, just not fluent enough for my liking.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by migmanson View Post
      Photoshop? There's a hands-on video on Engadget.
      The pic at the top of this thread IS a PhotoShop.
      The video in the link is a demo - looks like a detachable screen from a laptop.
      Funniest line in that video - "Look how fast it is... if it did work!"
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Camera built in a a high selling point IMHO
    1. agentfubu's Avatar
      agentfubu -
      Quote Originally Posted by britcan View Post
      Not bad for the first clone out there. Im sure there be more to come.
      Im still for Apple all the way.
      I wouldn't call this a "clone."

      Just because the iPad is the biggest tablet out there doesn't mean that any other tablets are now clones, they're just new tablets.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E9LPBSqh58]YouTube - MeetMobility on MobileMonday at Computex 2010[/ame]
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub16pN_2tmk]YouTube - Asus Eee Pad EP121 tablet at Computex 2010[/ame]
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FjwIEtWSbc]YouTube - Asus Eee Tablet at Computex 2010[/ame]
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      Products that go after the iPad are not going to be better if they have to even copy the name. Geeze why don't some over companies try to be creative for once.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      I love how they call the iPad revolutionary.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Sweet. Hopefully it will be released.

      Quote Originally Posted by Excel Wiz View Post
      Products that go after the iPad are not going to be better if they have to even copy the name. Geeze why don't some over companies try to be creative for once.
      Just so you know...ASUS has a family of EEE products. It makes sense to call it the EEEpad.
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      Nice! But y eee pad? I 1st thought it was a new apple product. Y shouldn't they give it an original name. Looks like an ipad replica to me. The name makes this product cheaper than wut it already is.
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      The name is a borderline ripoff; I'm fairly certain that "eeePad" is phonetically identical to iPad in spanish and several other languages.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_TC1000"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_TC1000[/ame] device out years ago so the ipad is a clone!!!
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      Not gonna make it. It had almost no hype compared to apples ipad. Definitely not gping to fare as well.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiotron_Modbook"]I've never seen this before!![/ame]
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Im digging this as long as its under $400 and im sure when this comes out, someone will dualboot apple software on it
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      Im digging this as long as its under $400 and im sure when this comes out, someone will dualboot apple software on it
      that would be good
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by ro0oney View Post
      Nice! But y eee pad? I 1st thought it was a new apple product. Y shouldn't they give it an original name. Looks like an ipad replica to me. The name makes this product cheaper than wut it already is.
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      The name is a borderline ripoff; I'm fairly certain that "eeePad" is phonetically identical to iPad in spanish and several other languages.
      Just so you know...ASUS has a family of EEE products. It makes sense to call it the EEEpad.