“Asustek Computer chairman Jerry Shen has announced, at a conference in Taiwan, that the company will introduce its tablet PC, the Eee Pad, at Computex 2010, scheduled between June 1-5, and is aiming to launch the device in retail channels in the third quarter of 2010, which sources from component makers revealed will be late July,” Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.
“To compete against Apple’s iPad, Asustek has strengthened the Eee Pad’s industrial design and has cooperated with Google to adopt its Android platform,” Chen and Tsai report. “Asustek will also add features that iPad currently does not support such as USB, integrated webcam, and Adobe Flash, Shih noted.”
MacDailyNews Take: Shih really meant to add, “That way we’ll win Engizmadgeto’s spec sheet shootout or smackdown or whatever they call it and sucker in the morbidly ignorant. ‘Eee’ stands for ‘Eee, you’re so stupid, you could’ve had an iPad.”
Chen and Tsai continue, “The sources estimated that Asustek’s Tegra-based Eee Pad will be priced at NT$15,000-16,000 (US$479-510) after bundling with telecom carrier services, and total shipments will reach 300,000 units in 2010.”
MacDailyNews Take: Eee Gads. Does it come with a serial port, too? The also-rans never learn. Of course, that’s why they’re also-rans. It’s a vicious cycle. Oh, yeah, nice stylus. (smirk) Also, Asus, could you make it a little thicker?
Full article here.