The Asus Eee Keyboard PC has been in the works for quite some time. However, the Jonney Shih, the CEO at Asus has revealed that the company would finally launch the much awaited keyboard PC sometime this month.
The Keyboard PC is an innovative piece of harware that will integrate a mini computer to your keyboard that will enable you to work just on your keyboard without the need for a separate monitor. Also, with its in-built speakers, users will be able to play music, watch movies all from their keyboard. Interestingly, the Asus Eee Keyboard PC can also connect to computers in a traditional way or connect to other screens like those of TV.
Asus has begun shipping of its latest convertible tablet-style netbook that can be part tablet and part netbook whereby users may rotate the display screen of the device 180 degrees to fold behind the keyboard to be used as a tablet device – not exactly enthralling, but is nevertheless a great concept.
Asus Eee PC T101MT Features
TouchScreen : 10.1? 1024 x 600
Processor : 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 with GMA 3150
Internal Memory : 1GB RAM (up to 3GB possible)
Memory Space : 160GB HDD
OS : Windows 7 Starter
Connectivity : 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
3 x USB, VGA port, audio jacks, card reader
Battery Life : 6 hours
The tablet cum netbook device is available from Amazon for a price of $499 (free shipping). Alternately, you may also get the device from Mobile Advance for a price of $509 which is inclusive of shipping.
In a recent interview to Forbes, Shih revealed that his company will be launching “at least two” tablet PCs in the next few months. When is the launch going to be? We do not know. But as speculated earlier, it could happen in June during the Computex trade show.
Shih’s revelation could also mean the Eee Pad and Eee Book could actually be two different products and not the same device as earlier speculated.
Microsoft’s biggest ever attempt at making a re-entry into the smartphone segment could see some delay. According to reports on The Street, a software issue on the Windows Phone 7 OS could mean that handsets running on the new operating system may not launch by the end of the year as expected.
Reports on The Street also claim that Microsoft is also talking with Taiwan based manufacturer Asustek over launching a Microsoft branded smartphone to the market. While rumors on Redmond’s “Pink Phone” have been doing the rounds for quite some time now, the new reports come from NorthEast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar who claims to have made the assessment after speaking to Microsoft’s suppliers.
For now, we will have to take the news of the delay with a bit of skepticism. First and foremost, details regarding the launch were made just a few days back at the MWC; so there are unlikely to be any major issues to have been detected since then. Also, with nearly 10 months to go before the holiday shopping season begins, it is very likely for any software issue to be sorted out by then.
In a recent conversation regarding the completion of Pegatron’s spin-off from the company, Asustek chairman Jonney Shih dropped a bomb by hinting at an imminent launch of a “killer product” in June.
Not much information is available on what the device could be, but indications are that it could be the much touted Eee Pad that Jonney had hinted about earlier as well.
Interestingly, rumors are doing the rounds that another device called Eee Book could also be in the works though it is not clearly known if both the Eee Pad and Book refer to the same product or are entirely different.
Asustek has made its intentions clear on becoming the ‘Apple‘ of open source platform. Time will tell if the company can live up to their own expectations.
How many ebook reader manufacturers make for a saturated market? Just a year or two back, this market was virtually non-existant. Today, we have so many companies talking about making an ebook reader.
So, what does Asus have in mind? According to rumors, there are two models that Asus is looking at. The first, DR-570 shall be a 6″ OLED screen device while the second, DR-950 shall be bigger at 9″ with Sipix panels.
DR-950 is said to be a much more comprehensive gadget allowing for web browsing and also coming with tools like RSS-reader, text-speech conversion, headphones and stereo speakers. This could be the device that Asus would be looking to position against the rumored Apple Table. However it is believed the devices won’t be in the market before the end of the year. That’s still some time away.