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Old 12-11-2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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Rumor: Asus Eee Pad

Yesterday Digitimes reported:
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Asustek Computer is making preparations to launch a new device named Eee Pad featuring a 4- to 7-inch panel, and which will offer a combination of tablet PC and MID functions, according to industry sources. Current details of the Eee Pad suggest the product has been inspired by the rumors of Apple's planned tablet device, the sources commented.
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Normally I wouldn't place much faith in this rumor, but I happen to have another piece of information. Asus has scheduled a press conference at CES for the Tuesday before it begins. Why would they do that if they weren't going to announce a new gadget?
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
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The Archos and the Smartq, and others are already out there. I just don't see the point unless they do something incredible with the battery life.
I would like a tablet with Windows, not CE or linux or android or whatever else os's there are...

Besides, since when is more choice not better?
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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I would like a tablet with Windows, not CE or linux or android or whatever else os's there are...
Archo 9 is with windows 7 starter.

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Quite right

And Eee Tablet sounds like a nice concept to me.
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Quite right

And Eee Tablet sounds like a nice concept to me.
Yes, the 9"... But the Asus will be 7" and smaller...
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:30 PM   #6
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If anyone can make an affordable tablet, it'll be Asus. I have one of their early minis and it's a pretty neat little piece of hardware.
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I have tagged Asus as the company most likely to jump on the Pixel Qi train and bring out a device exactly like described in the link....I still feel it is a pretty safe bet.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #8
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If anyone can make an affordable tablet, it'll be Asus. I have one of their early minis and it's a pretty neat little piece of hardware.
I have a Eee Box (B202) and an Eee 801 (netbook) an I love them both!
A await the Tablet with baited breath!!
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:00 AM   #9
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I have tagged Asus as the company most likely to jump on the Pixel Qi train and bring out a device exactly like described in the link....I still feel it is a pretty safe bet.
Something tells me 2010 will be a good year for e-readers. This would be an (almost) ideal reader for me. My only worry is that Pixel Qi tech won't do much for battery life.
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Something tells me 2010 will be a good year for e-readers. This would be an (almost) ideal reader for me. My only worry is that Pixel Qi tech won't do much for battery life.
now that would depend on a variety of factors, not just the screen. Jepsen was clear to point out that a lot depends on how the device maker implements the power saving modes of the panels into the device itself. She pointed out that it was likely the first gen devices might not use the panels as efficiently as possible. Nobody knows for sure exactly what we will see.

Also, the power savings will depend on how each individual actually uses the device and in which screen mode. I would expect if used in transflective mode where there is zero backlight used, then there would be a significant increase in battery life. If used in normal backlit mode then of course it would make a difference in battery runtime. It's not magic only a panel tech which adds a couple low power modes to conserve power. Indoors in a dimly lit room odds are the transflective mode (no backlight), as shown in Charbax's video interview with Jepsen, but in those lighting conditions near typical power is needed for the backlight.

The thing about these panels is they offer nice mode options for the mfg and/or user to select as the situation requires. This, in addition to being full color panels, is something the current Eink brand/type epaper panels do not, and likely will not ever, offer.

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now that would depend on a variety of factors, not just the screen. Jepsen was clear to point out that a lot depends on how the device maker implements the power saving modes of the panels into the device itself. She pointed out that it was likely the first gen devices might not use the panels as efficiently as possible. Nobody knows for sure exactly what we will see.

Also, the power savings will depend on how each individual actually uses the device and in which screen mode. I would expect if used in transflective mode where there is zero backlight used, then there would be a significant increase in battery life. If used in normal backlit mode then of course it would make a difference in battery runtime. It's not magic only a panel tech which adds a couple low power modes to conserve power. Indoors in a dimly lit room odds are the transflective mode (no backlight), as shown in Charbax's video interview with Jepsen, but in those lighting conditions near typical power is needed for the backlight.

The thing about these panels is they offer nice mode options for the mfg and/or user to select as the situation requires. This, in addition to being full color panels, is something the current Eink brand/type epaper panels do not, and likely will not ever, offer.
Unfortunately this means they will likely put as big a battery as they reasonably can in it which might make it heavier and hotter than I'd like for a reader. I'd still find it compelling as a tablet, though. Just not something I'd want to hold for hours at a time.
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Unfortunately this means they will likely put as big a battery as they reasonably can in it which might make it heavier and hotter than I'd like for a reader. I'd still find it compelling as a tablet, though. Just not something I'd want to hold for hours at a time.
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Unfortunately this means they will likely put as big a battery as they reasonably can in it which might make it heavier and hotter than I'd like for a reader. I'd still find it compelling as a tablet, though. Just not something I'd want to hold for hours at a time.
I'll reserve my speculation about the application suitability and design constraints of an Asus product until after it's announced.
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