At an event in Taipei, Taiwan, the chairman of Asustek Computer has announced the Asus Eee Pad device, which will be based on an Nvidia Tegra chip and will tackle all the issues that the famous Apple iPad has.
Asus Eee Pad would be announced at Computex 2010 in early June and would be available on the market in late July, said Jerry Shen, the chairman of Asus, reports DigiTimes web-site. The slate-type personal computer will be based on an unspecified Nvidia Tegra system-on-chip device, will be powered by the Google Android platform and will also feature support for Adobe Flash, integrated webcam, USB, etc.
Despite of the fact that Mr. Shen announced the device this week, he said no word regarding services supporting the product. While companies like Apple – with whose iPad Asus plans to compete – provide robust amount of content for their platforms, Asus, Google and other supporters of Android platforms yet have to unveil the amount of software and services provided by Apple.
Unofficial sources estimated that Asus Eee Pad will be priced at around $479 – $510 after bundling with telecom carrier services (which indicates integrated 3G/3.5G module). The total shipments are projected to reach 300 thousand units in 2010.
Quite interestingly, Mr. Shih expects Asus Eee Pad product to decrease general netbook demand by 10% – 20%. Asus is the world’s second supplier of netbooks and confession that tablets actually rival netbooks seems to be truly important.