March 25, 2011

AsusTek Unveils New Tablet Computer

AsusTek Computer Inc. unveiled a tablet computer on Friday that is powered by Google's Android 3.0 operating system.

The company said that the EEE Pad Transformer distinguishes itself with an optional keyboard that is superior to docking options for other tablets because of its light weight and flexibility.

The device features a 10.1-inch screen and a front and rear camera.  It can be detached from the keyboard to allow users on the move quick Web browsing and film viewing.

"In our own pursuit of perfection, we offer users more options," AsusTek CEO Jerry Shen told The Associated Press (AP). "They can get a full range of functions including 10-finger touch, Flash supported video viewing, e-book reading, and a physical keyboard so they don't have to deal with any inconveniences."

The EEE Pad Transformer goes on sale in the U.K. on March 30.

The 16-gigabyte version without the keyboard sells for $500, but the same version with a keyboard costs $600. 

AsusTek has another tablet called e-Slate that is powered by the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Taiwan's Acer Inc. unveiled four tablet models, along with a 4.8-inch smartphone that doubles as a tablet. 

Shen said that Apple's market share would drop by 50 percent by 2012, as devices run on Android and Microsoft systems pick up steam.


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