Asustek plans to launch its first tablet device with Google Android mobile operating system in March 2011. The Android tablet will be the third in Eee Pad family and will cost less than US$399, said Jerry Shen, CEO.
Asus will launch its first a 12″ touchscreen tablet, costing around US$1,000 in December or January, Shen said. What makes the device more expensive than, the iPad, is that it comes with a docking station that transforms it into a laptop computer. “If you want to compete with iPad, you’ve to do more than just be less expensive,” Shen said. “You’ve to offer more features. We want to spend more time perfecting the [Eee Pad] before we launch. We’re looking more at Q1 to launch the devices.” The device, officially called as Eee Pad EP121, has Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor inside.
Asus also plans second, a 10″ touchscreen Eee Pad tablet in January without the docking station. It uses processing cores from Arm inside and runs Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Compact 7 software. It’ll cost between US$399 and US$499.