Here’s something to cheer you up if you are tired of hearing about the Apple iPad. It’s the new Tablet PC from Asus named the Eee pad.
Asus has revealed that a Tablet PC is definitely in the making. The new device is going to be 3G enabled so that you are ‘always connected to the Net’. Though experts believe its not going to be as thin as the iPad or other similar Tablets, what we can be pretty sure of is that its not going to be heavy though, given Asus’ expertise in keeping the weight in check. Their Eee PC series is ample proof of that. The Eee PCs are also known for their long battery life. So its quite reasonable to expect something similar with the Eee Pad as well, which can be sure to be enough to beat the 10 hour lifespan of the iPad between charges.
Company sources has also confirmed that the Eee will be powered by the Arm processor though it still is in rumor stages as to whether it will be carrying the Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset. What is also sure is that special emphasis is going to be accorded to the UI of this touchscreen interactive device. And they have taken up the iPhone as the standard in this aspect. For what they believe is that it is the excellent UI of the iPhone that has contributed to the stupendous success of this device, which otherwise can still be improved upon on the quality front.
Asus is also noncommittal as far as the price of the Eee is concerned, which many believe will be around the $500 mark. With the Arm chip, something that has been confirmed, and a greater emphasis on UI, what can be safe deduced is that it will probably have the Android as the OS. Or maybe the Chrome instead of Windows 7. Other areas where it is going to come trumps over the iPad are Flash support, multi-tasking ability and USB connectivity as standard features.
And lastly, the naming sounds interesting, especially if you consider it in respect of the iPad from Apple and also the WePad from Neofonie. So there are a lot of Pads up for grabs.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email