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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. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Flash and windows is what sold this for me. iHave plenty of iDevices what else can the pad and iphone give me as opposed to eee and iphone
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      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.
      I sure Apple will just sue them
    1. Alpha Zero's Avatar
      Alpha Zero -
      lol at calling it vaporware and a chop, then getting called out and then still standing to your original stance. The picture is identical to the prototype in the video, can't see how it's a chop. Why can't people just admit they jumped the gun on calling BS?
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      All professional photos are Photoshopped in some way. That picture was photoshopped to get the glare out. Do not underestimate Asus. They make great devices. I love my Rampage III Extreme.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      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.
      read the post directly above yours. he answered that question.

      also, this having a USB port is a giant WIN
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      lol now comes the iPad killers lol this will be funny and tragic
    1. Oddphone's Avatar
      Oddphone -
      The name ipad was stolen from fujitsu(since 2002).The name iphone was stolen from cisco(2000). Why do people think just because Apple names something they were the first to do so. Apple will sue over anything and they will steal as they like. Such B.S. NOW,WHO STOLE WHAT?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      This might be promising...for me.
    1. cphase's Avatar
      cphase -
      I'm wondering how would this table look running Android?

      @cypherpunk: In Spanish, eeePad would sound something like eh-pad, very far from the English pronunciation of iPad. When read in Spanish, "aiPad" would be a better phonetic representation.
    1. Pitbull2o08's Avatar
      Pitbull2o08 -
      Who cares about the name, as consumers? all i care about is it's hardware and functionality. I love the concept of a laptop/netbook/pad. It's exactly what i'd buy before i buy the ipad. Maybe the keyboard harbors some other hardware we're not aware of. Extra USB port maybe. I hope they make this, very good idea.
    1. jvoytko1992's Avatar
      jvoytko1992 -
      Honestly, I have to say that I like the eeePad better. It may look very similar but I like it better.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      I just think that a device running windows or even snow leopard would make for a better all rounder.
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      Still another waste of money. Nothing special about this either
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      wePad? eee Pad? copy much?
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      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.
      you do know apple stole the ipad name from an older pda company from the 80's/90's and it was actually an exact theft they had a device named "ipad" and apple had to buy the copyright to produce the device mmi even did an article about it so everyone stop complaining about the name stealing
    1. frame's Avatar
      frame -
      "The Eee Pad can display Adobe flash for the full web experience, has a USB port and a camera," Shih boasted.
      Yeah, what a poser.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by manickbarry View Post
      I just think that a device running windows or even snow leopard would make for a better all rounder.
      This is not a possibility yet. The power efficient technology does not exist to do this cost effectively yet. Windows 7 and Snow Leopard take an enormous amount of processing power and RAM to run effectively compared to what is currently available in tablet (or mythical tablet) devices. Keep dreaming.
    1. webster.jamie's Avatar
      webster.jamie -
      mnwBxs[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxkb-mnwBxs]YouTube - ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC 10" Tablet Hands On[/ame]
    1. Jawcl's Avatar
      Jawcl -
      The interface and design look nice Kind of close to the iPad lol.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      saw how he got gassed when he launched opera lol thought it loaded lightning quick but siiiiiiiiiiiiike , it was a video lmao