As previously reported, ASUS is spreading its bets on two types of tablets. One will run Google‘s Android OS and the other will be the Eee Pad running Windows 7. ASUS chooses to first deliver the Windows 7 device and see the response it gets. The Android tablet is not expected anytime soon. The latter tablet is most certainly meant as a competitor to the iPad as it’s so lightweight (as in software and hardware).
The response to the Windows 7 tablet will most probably be negative, as it has been with most of the Windows 7 tablets to date. The operating system’s interface is not as smooth and easy for finger usage as the iPhone OS (on the iPad) or the open-source Android (on many smartphones). Why then is ASUS doing this? Well maybe to maintain its close relationships with Microsoft in regard to their production of Windows 7 phones. But we’re not too sure.
We have collected all of the information available to show you some imagery and a possible spec list.
Display: 10.1-inch resistive multi-touch touchscreen Graphics:NVidia Tegra graphics accelerator (with 1080p HD video playing) Resolution: 1024 x 786 Battery: Li-polymer, 8 hours runtime Processor: ARM CPU Storage: 64 Gb on integrated flash Audio: Digital Array Mic Camera: Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam GPS: Integrated A-GPS unit WiFi: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) 3G: Integrated 3G connectivity with UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) Interface: 2x USB ports Price: Around $499 Release date: July (Q3) 2010
Display: 7-inch capacitive multi-touch touchscreen Graphics:NVidia Tegra graphics accelerator (with 1080p HD video playing) Resolution: 1024 x 786 Battery: Li-polymer, 8 hours runtime Processor: ARM CPU Storage: 64 Gb on integrated flash Audio: Digital Array Mic Camera: Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam GPS: Integrated A-GPS unit WiFi: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) 3G: Integrated 3G connectivity with UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) Interface: 2x USB ports Price: Around $499 Release date: Q1 2011
ASUS is like everyone else unsure about what direction the market is moving in and betting on two horses. The difference is really between running a lightweight but limited web-focused operating system like the iPhone OS or Android vs. running heavyweight operating systems that run advanced software applications like Windows 7 and Mac OSX do.
The question is what the people that buy these things want. Just browsing and running basic applications from the app stores, or actually doing advanced work.
Due to the nature of Windows 7, it’s to expect that ASUS will come with a higher-spec device than the Eee Pad.
We have been waiting on the launch of the ASUS Eee PC T101H or ASUS Eee PC T101MT, or 10.1″ model of the Asus tablet for over a year now. For many potential customers, the T91 with its 8.9″ screen was simply too small to justify its price. With the passing of the T101MT through the FCC, all rumors and gossip can come to an end. Before a new electronics product launches, it has to be checked for consumer safety by the FCC. Most products pass without any hardship and therefore you can usually expect a product to launch soon after the FCC has seen it. The current expectations in the blogosphere and around industry analysts is that the T101MT will be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010 and will hit stores in Q2 of 2010.
T101MT Specifications (unconfirmed)
Screen: 10.1″ LED Backlight / Capacitive Multi-Touch Panel
A few months ago we were already reporting that in addition to the T101MT, we expected a multi-touch version of the Asus Eee PC T91 to be produced soon. Problems with the high demand for the T91 created a great shortage in inventory in the last few months. ASUS has upped its production and stocks seem to have been re-supplied now at Amazon. A week ago, pre-ordering started and now finally the T91MT has arrived along with the new batch of T91‘s.
The ASUS Eee PC T91MT runs Windows 7, which is almost completely designed for touch-screen devices. Like its sibling the T91, it holds a 1.33 Ghz Intel Atom Z520 processor with 1GB of RAM. For more, read the T91MT specifications. Unlike some reports in the blogosphere, the T91MT does NOT have a pressure sensitive screen but does have palm rejection. Palm rejections means the device does not accept the touch of your handpalm as a touch input but it does accept the stylus and your seperate fingers as input. This makes it possible to use the T91MT as a notepad.
ASUS will be releasing their 10.1″ netbook touchscreen in September 2009 at the earliest according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. The release date is more than two months later than previously announced.
The follow up to the just released smaller illustrious Eee PC T91 will hold an Intel Atom Z520 processor running at 1.33 GHz, 1Gb of DDR2 RAM memory and a 16Gb SSD storage under the hood.
Possible extras are a 16Gb memory card and the potential for a GPS, 3G and Digital TV tuner, however this is not confirmed yet by ASUS officially.
It could be a good step for ASUS to change the specifications of the T101H based on the problems with the T91. It is reported to sometimes respond slowly and the touch interface does not work well with the included standard version of Windows XP. However, as Windows 7 will be released at the end of this year, they might be able to fix this in one shot. Just include a faster processor and it’s a win for ASUS.
jkkmobile reports that Asus has announced that the Asus T91 will be available with a capacative display for multi touch usage with Windows 7. Multi touch is the ability to use multiple fingers at the same time on one screen.
A video below to see how the Asus T91 works with multi touch.