Here is a last minute change in plans – Asus’ new Eee Pad EP101TC that was supposed to launch in early 2011 will launch as per planned. But the platform wouldn’t be the same. According to a fresh report, Asus is planning to replace the original Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 with the currently trending Android operating system.
Regarding the version of Android that Eee Pad will run, it is believed to be Froyo for now. But don’t be surprised if we end up with Gingerbread. The device is expected to go on sale soon after the new Eee Pad is unveiled at CES 2011.
Asus has announced that their latest 3D-capable LCD display – the Asus VG236H is now available for purchase from the stores. The LCD panel measures 23-inches and brings widescreen viewing to users. The optimal resolution on the display is set at 1920×1080 for full high definition viewing.
Other features include a smart contrast ratio of 100,000 : 1, advanced dual-side LCD driving technology, anti-reflection glare panel and support to dual-link DVI NVIDIA 3D vision, HDMI and YPbPr.
The Asus VG236H 3D LCD monitor is now available on sale in the UK stores at a price of £380.36 ($582) which could be on the expensive side. At this price, customers also receive compatible 3D vision glasses.
The new 3D-capable LCD monitor from Asus is a great screen to view Blu-ray movies and play 3D games. Also, the device is network compatible so that users may also browse the internet from the LCD screen.
Best Buy is opening up to pre-orders on the much awaited Asus Bamboo notebooks. There are two models to pick from – The Asus U43F and Asus U43FJC. Both the notebooks come with a 14-inches display screen and other specifications like a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM and 640GB hard drive on the U43F. Also, both the devices come with facial recognition.
The Asus U43F is priced at $950 while the other Bamboo notebook from Asus is available at $1000. So what’s different? Asus U43FJC includes NVIDIA’s GeForce 310M graphics chipset with Optimus graphics switching that also helps to improve the battery performance.
Both the Asus bamboo notebooks are expected to have a battery life close to 5 hours and 10 minutes. Pre-orders are open and launch is expected to happen by end of this month.
According to Jerry Shen, the CEO at Asus, the success of Apple iPad has encouraged many developers to take the touchscreen route to build applications for customers. However, there are several limitations with a compeletely touch screen device that Asustek will like to address.
In an interview with Polish publication RP, Shen has noted that the company will be launching a new series of Eee Pads with detachable keyboard that will not only serve as netbooks when required but can also be converted to touchscreen tablet PCs when the user needs it.
Shen has also insisted that the company is not focused only at Microsoft Windows and that Asus will also take a look at other platforms in the market while building their future gadgets.
Asustek is launching a new notebook device that aims to revolutionize the music standards on portable computers. The new Asus NX90 notebook is targeted specifically at music buffs and is built in collaboration with the audio expert company, Bang & Olufsen.
Here is an overview of the notebook’s technical specifications
Display : 18.4-inches HD screen at 1920×1080
Processor : Intel Core i7-720QM processor
Memory : 12GB DDR3 RAM
GPU : Nvidia GeForce GT 335M
USB 3.0 support, E-SATA and HDMI output.
The notebook is made of polished aluminium and contains two trackpads on either side of the keyboard with its own mouse.
The Asus NX90 Bang & Olufsen notebook is expected to launch in Australia in July and is expected to be priced at $2,999
Asus is announcing a new high-end netbook under the name Lamborghini VX6 that will bring powerful features hitherto not offered by the company to its netbook audience. We are still not sure about the price but it is expected to launch in the US market in September this year.
Here are the technical specifications for the new Asus netbook
Platform : Windows 7 Home Premium + Express Gate
Display : 12.1? 1366 x 768 glossy display
Dimensions : 297 x 204 x 29 mm
Processor : Intel Atom D525 processor
GPU : Nvidia ION 2 graphics (512MB DDR3 VRAM)
Memory : 2GB DDR3 RAM (4GB max)
Storage : 250GB HDD + 500GB online
Connectivity : 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0
Battery : 6-cell 5200 mAh 57wh battery (7 hours)
Camera : 1.3MP webcam
VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, RJ-45, audio jacks, card reader
Asus is reported to be working on an updated Asus UL20a notebook PC with the latest ULV chipsets that could be dubbed the Asus UL20FT. The new notebook PC will resemble the UL20a in a variety of dimensional specifications though, thanks to new chipsets, is expected to be blazingly faster.
Here are some of the tech specs that we think we know
The world’s largest 3D monitor is here – the Asus PG276. It has a 27 inches screen with 2ms response time, 120Hz refresh rate and an anti-reflective color shine technology.
The device is aimed at the gamers who would love to fight through their enemies on a closer-to-life experience that such a 3D monitor offers. You can also go for a NVIDIA active glasses but obviously that will push your expenses up.
Nevertheless, if you are a hard core gamer, this monitor is just the one for you.
Asus is developing a new netbook that will come plugged with a mobile phone. The idea is to share the SIM card and data account between the user’s netbook and mobile phone. The mobile phone will also serve as the 3G communications module for the netbook.
According to reports on The Inquirer, the phone module is being sourced from an Israeli company called Modu. These mobile phones shall come with a variety of phone shells that one can replace to match the color of your clothes or add-in additional features like camera.