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.
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.