Tablets Prototypes at Computex

The Taiwanese trade show Computex is underway, as expected many prominent PC manufacturers are showing off their latest prototypes based on most popular trend created by Apple’s iPad. Most of the prototypes are not yet ready for production, and might be subject to many changes but it should give you ideas of things to come. 

imageAsus unveiled its answer to the iPad called the “Eee Pad”, which it said was expected to hit the market in the first quarter of next year.

Coming with either a 10-inch (Eee Pad 101TC ) or 12-inch screen (Eee Pad 121), the Eee Pad has an embedded virtual keyboard and can also be fit into the socket of a specially designed keyboard, turning the product into a quasi-laptop, the company said.

Asus also showcased a tablet with a 10-hour battery life, called the "Eee Tablet, " that combines the functions of a notepad and e-reader.

Below is the video (courtesy of Engadget) showcasing the hybrid form factor of the Eee Pad 

The Eee Tablet has a 2450 dpi resolution touch screen, a built-in two megapixel camera, and an assortment of notepad templates, and it also serves as an e-reader, with text file page turns taking only a tenth of a second — nine times faster than normal, the company said.

Another new Asus innovation presented Monday — an Android-powered smartphone — was created in association with Garmin Corp., the global leader in satellite navigation Garmin Corp.
The smartphone integrates Google mobile services, including Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail and Android Market, enabling users to choose from more than 30,000 applications to personalize their phones.

imageMSI, another leading manufacturer unveiled its tablet PC called "Wind Pad." The 10-inch touch screen product runs on Microsoft Windows 7 operating system with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G wireless technology. The device uses the Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD drive.

MSI will ship Wind Pad to the United States and Europe in the upcoming quarter, MSI President Joseph Hsu said recently.

MSI also unveiled what it called "Sketch Book, " a concept notebook computer that allows users to draw or write on a pad on the back of traditional keyboards.

The company said Monday it will see how buyers and consumers react to the concept notebook at Computex Taipei before it decides on a timetable for the commercialization of the product.

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