Asus Eee Pad tablet talk gains momentum, seen overtaking eReader to arrive first

January 20, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

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Even as we tend to find out if there has been any development of the eReader that Asustek Computer had been raving about, we get to know that the device might be pushed back to bring in a new tablet PC. From what we hear, Asustek would roll out the red carpet for the arrival of its tablet PC that would be based on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor. The launch venue is expected to be Computex Taipei 2010.

Christened Eee Pad, the new upcoming tablet would be built at the Pegatron Technology workshops and would most probably sport a price tag of something close to $500.

So where does that leave the much hyped eReader from the Asus stables? Asus has actually delayed the launch schedule, clearly due to worries over how they would fare in a market now seeing added demand for devices 10-inch or smaller displays. It is now common knowledge that Asus has already lined up two e-book readers and was expected to announce a launch date. The DR-570 has been built to support Wi-Fi and 3G, while DR-950 was to come with features such as a touchscreen 1024×768 display. With the Eee Pad project now gaining currency, the 9-inch DR-950 and OLED-based 6-inch DR-570 eReaders will have to wait quite a while before they are shown the light of day. Optimists believe that Asus would not delay the ebook Reader launch beyond the first half of 2010. But for now, all focus is on the tablet. We are also looking forward to seeing the Eee Pad soon.

(Via DigiTimes )

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