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Asus Eee Pad scheduled for March '11 launch

Tablet madness is upon us, and if you're like me you can't wait to see what Android looks and feels like on a proper tablet device.  The Asus Eee pad just may be one of those devices.  Originally planned to release with Windows 7 Embedded, Asus has decided to scrap that and run with Android instead.  And get this -- Asus has not ruled out that the device will ship with Gingerbread on board. 

The unit should cost less than $399 USD, and be available in March 2011.  Looking forward to this one myself, hopefully the Eee Pad is as dependable as the Eee series of netbooks, and the price seems right.  [PC World,]

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I want one of these especially if it will have a 10" touch screen. I already have an Asus Eee netbook and love it but can't wait to see what they do with a tablet with the best OS on it. Android all the way!
  • What is the hold up? By the time a real solid android tablet releasedapple will have released there updated ipad. So sloe.
  • I agree. Whoever gets their tablet out by X-mas will be the big winner!! C'mon HTC...
  • Agreed. The first company to have a solid, large, affordable, quality, Android 2.2 tablet on the market by Christmas is going to win big time. I know several people waiting to jump...
  • Fast forward to December 28, 2010. No one was a big winner in the Xmas tablet wars because there was only the Galaxy Tab and the iPad so no real competition there. I guess you could say iPad won by default. There was no big battle with multiple tablets on the market this Xmas. Looks like things will change dramatically next week at CES and we see a slew of new tablets being announced. Should be fun.
  • lol... and by then it'll get scrapped for something ELSE because the IPAD 2 will be stealing all the thunder along with Gingerbread Tablets all over. Companies some of these companies don't know how to CAPITALIZE on the market.
  • The time frame is disappointing... But I will definitely be interested. Between this and the Notion ink adam...
  • I have to admit it looks neat, and Im glad there will be a competitor to the ipad. But I must admit that Im still not into this segment of computing. Seems like if you need a device like this that either your smart phone is lacking or your laptop is lacking. Just seems to be a gimmick segment in the market at this time and more for those looking for yet another device to have.
  • Yeah these companies are soo slow!! All these protypes floating around with hopes and promises and no production units in stores. Some who tried were pure garbage (Augen). These big named companies need to get their ass in gear and step up. Time they ever do decide to move forward on their tablet, Apple will already have their 2nd or 3rd generation tablet available...
  • I'm actually a bit disappointed it won't run Windows. Tethering a DSLR (display photos as they're taken) is actually a huge hack on the ipad. You can tether to an Asus netbook because it can run Windows software (lightroom, DSLR maker's tethering utilities, etc.) to make it work.
    If Android finally supports USB hosting w/o having someone hack it in like on the Nexus One, this may work but you still have the software issue :-P
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