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Asus and MSI Unveil an Onslaught of Tablets


It's tablet day at information technology show Computex. Asus has unleashed two tablets and an e-reader upon the world, while MSI has launched its own tablet named the WindPad.

The 12-inch Eee Pad Ep121 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. Just like the iPad, it sports a virtual keyboard, but it can also be connected to a physical keyboard. Its primary uses, according to Asus, are web browsing, multimedia viewing and e-book reading. Its battery should hold for 10 hours of continuous use.

The smaller 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC is based on Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS, Microsoft's successor to Windows CE, but the exact specs haven't yet been revealed by Asus.

Finally, there's the Eee Tablet. The naming of these three products will surely cause some confusion amongst users, since the device named "Tablet" is actually an e-reader. Besides e-reading, it's designed for notetaking, which you can do only with the included stylus. It sports a greyscale, TFT-LCD touchscreen with 1024x758 resolution and 2450 dpi input resolution, which should make it one of the most accurate digital note taking devices around. It also has a MicroSD memory card slot, a 2-megapixel camera and a 10-hour battery life.

At the same time, MSI launched the WindPad 110, a 10-inch tablet that runs Windows 7 and is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor. It has 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of SSD storage. The version is expected to have two USB ports, an HDMI and a webcam. The screen is a 1024x600-resolution capacitive display, and MSI added its own Wind Touch UI on top of Windows 7.

How do you think these new devices will fare against their most obvious competitors, the iPad and the Kindle? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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