ASUS's Eee Pad: Another iPad Contender?

ASUS has finally shown off their version of a tablet computer. Dubbed the Eee Pad, it has debuted at Computex 2010, in Taipei. Clearly, ASUS hopes to give Apple's iPad a run for its money. Here's the quick and dirty rundown on what to expect from the ASUS effort.

ASUS is telling us that this tablet will come in two flavors: 12 inch and 10 inch. The 12 inch is designed for the "tech-savvy, on-the-go individual" and it's a Windows-based "supplementary" device that -- like the iPad -- is designed to keep your information at your fingertips. It'll be packing an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, and Windows 7 Home Premium, along with the ability for video conferencing (read: front facing camera). It also features an embedded virtual keyboard, plus a special docking station -- like Apple's -- with a keyboard. Also like the iPad, ASUS is boasting 10 hours of battery life.

Something to think about: HP dropped their Windows 7 tablet for (rumored) performance related issues. To be fair, A Core 2 Duo is far more beefy than the Intel Atom CPU, so we'll have to see how ASUS executes this tablet.

More interesting is the 10 inch incarnation, since it's based on Windows Embedded Compact 7.  'Compact 7' is more or less like slimmed-down cloud-based version of Windows 7 that will focus on a more user-friendly interactive environment, and less like a desktop OS. ASUS says it'll provide a "familiar full-featured experience" that connects to cloud services. Windows Embedded Compact 7 is not out in the wild yet, so we'll have to wait and see how this actually works, though a tech preview is available on Microsoft's site.

I'll hold off on speculating, since not a single true 10-inch+ Android or Windows-based tablet has made it into the wild yet, but here's hoping for some decent competition.

Check out Computex 2010 here, and the official press release on ASUS's Eee Pad here.

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