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ASUS CEO promises “secret weapon” to vanquish iPad 2

ASUS CEO promises “secret weapon” to vanquish iPad 2

If you can't beat Apple outright, hint that you can. That seems to be the strategy adopted by ASUS CEO Jonney Shih, who claims the company has a "secret weapon" it is readying to take on the second-gen iPad 2. Refusing to detail the surprise, Shih told Computerworld that the company's clandestine advantage is "something we have not shown at this time but closer to the launch time we will show."

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider & Transform hands-on [Video]

ASUS Eee Pad Slider & Transform hands-on [Video]

ASUS wasn't taking any chances with its tablet options at CES 2011: the company had two full-size Android models, the Eee Pad Slider and the Eee Pad Transform, to cater to those wanting to do content-creation on their tablets rather than just consumption. We grabbed some last-minute hands-on time with the pair ahead of their return to Taipei; check out our impressions after the cut.

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ASUS Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 get short-lived tease

ASUS Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 get short-lived tease

ASUS has let slip more details about its upcoming CES 2011 tablet range, publishing - and then yanking - a video partially detailing the new Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 models. NetbookNews and Notebook Italia grabbed the best bits before the video disappeared; the Eee Pad EP101 and EP102 will each run Android on a 10-inch display, the EP101 having a dockable keyboard while the EP102 has a slide-out keyboard.

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ASUS Eee Pads get pre-CES 2011 photo tease

ASUS Eee Pads get pre-CES 2011 photo tease

ASUS has released a preview photoset of the three Eee Pad tablets the company is bringing along to CES 2011 next month, and there looks to be physical QWERTY keyboards among the surprises. The company's official blog is light on details, but does show what looks to be a convertible form-factor on at least one of the tablets.

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ASUS Eee Pad E121 makes video tease: 12″ Core i5 Windows 7 slate

ASUS Eee Pad E121 makes video tease: 12″ Core i5 Windows 7 slate

ASUS is dropping some serious hints about its upcoming Eee Pad EP121 tablet, ahead of the slate's official debut at CES 2011 next month. According to the teaser video, the ASUS EP121 will have a 12-inch display and use an Intel Core i5 processor; that's up from the Core 2 Duo ULV chip we first heard back in May. There'll also be HDMI and USB connectivity, along with Windows 7.

Video after the cut

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ASUS snap up Tegra 2 chips for March 2011 Eee Pad EP90 launch

ASUS snap up Tegra 2 chips for March 2011 Eee Pad EP90 launch

Further evidence for ASUS' leaked Eee Pad EP90 tablet has emerged, with the word coming out of Taipei that the company has ordered 200k to 300k NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips.  According to the source, ASUS will initially use the second-gen Tegra in the EP90, which supposedly runs Windows 7 Embedded on an 8.9-inch touchscreen, and then on smartphones capable of 3D gaming and Full HD media playback.

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ASUS Eee Pad EP90 Tegra 2 tablet spotted running Windows 7 Embedded

ASUS Eee Pad EP90 Tegra 2 tablet spotted running Windows 7 Embedded

New details regarding a Tegra 2 powered tablet, the ASUS EP90, have spilled out, and the 8.9-inch slate certainly does look interesting.  According to internal documents found by Ynet, the EP90 has a 1024 x 600 touchscreen, weighs 650g and will come with either 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of storage (together with 500GB of cloud-based storage on ASUS' servers).

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ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC ditches Windows, flips to Android 3.0

ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC ditches Windows, flips to Android 3.0

Bad news for Microsoft, with the word that ASUS have dropped Windows 7 Embedded Compact for their Eee Pac EP101TC touchscreen slate in favor of Google's open-source Android OS.  NetbookNews were told by ASUS that the decision had been made to switch to Android 3.0 and launch the EP101TC in its new form come January 2011 at CES.

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Fourth ASUS Eee Pad caught on video

Fourth ASUS Eee Pad caught on video

A fourth ASUS Eee Pad tablet has quietly shown up at Computex, with Carrypad spotting the unannounced slate at Intel's booth.  Running Windows 7 and seemingly fully functional, according to the Intel reps the tablet is a prototype that ASUS considered before settling on the 12-inch Eee Pad EP121.

Video demo after the cut

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ASUS Eee Pad launch at Computex; on market end of July 2010

ASUS Eee Pad launch at Computex; on market end of July 2010

Apple's iPad may have reached the market first, but ASUS and MSI are hot on their heels.  ASUS chairman Jerry Shen has confirmed that the ASUS Eee Pad, the company's Android-based tablet, will make its press debut at Computex 2010 in early June, with a commercial launch in Q3 2010 (more specifically, late July, at least according to component makers).  Meanwhile, MSI are also ramping up to launch their tablet, the M Pad, in Q3, though they're apparently watching to see response to the Eee Pad before deciding on precise shipments and marketing.

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