Tablet PC fans in India will soon have something new to cheer about – the Eee Pad range of tablets from Asus. The company has stated they would start off by initially offering the 10 inch version of the Eee Pad though the most striking bit about the tablet will be their operating system, which as per Asus will be Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread.
“We will introduce our tablet in the first quarter of 2011. These will be ten inch tablets with Android 2.3 operating system,” confirmed John Chen, the business head at Asus Technology’s mobile communication business overseeing operations in India and the Middle East.
Asus has announced there would be two versions of the Eee Pad – one with entry level and low end specs that would serve the price conscious consumer segment and another version with all the bells and whistles that would be priced at a premium.
Asus also intends to extend its cloud based services which will enable users to store their data online, something that would save them from having in place extensive storage options on their machines.
“We will offer different configurations to address different customer needs. We will also bundle our cloud services with these devices, so that even customers with lower spec versions of the device can enjoy a whole range of applications,” added Chen.
Also, while Asus has 12 and 7 inch sized tablets in its lineup with both Winsows 7 and Android being the choice of operating system, its however only the 10 inch Eee Pads running Android 2.3 that would make its way into India.
“Ten inch is a perfect balance of mobility and usability, while seven inch is neither pocketable nor big enough. For a Windows based device we are waiting for the Windows (Phone) 7 to finally arrive. We will wait for some time to see how consumers react to it and then we will think about introducing devices based on it.” This is how Chen justified the move.
However, further details like price or specifications of the forthcoming tablets are yet to come by.