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Asus 8″ eeeTablet now $300, not $599

It looks like the Digitmes story I brought you a few days ago might be wrong. PCWorld are reporting that the Asus eeeTablet will be out in October for $300.

Asustek Computer plans to launch its long awaited Eee Tablet with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in October for around US$300, though prices vary by market.

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The Eee Tablet will run a Linux OS, but not Google's Android mobile operating system, which has long been the rumor. The Linux distribution on board was developed by Asustek, said Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek, speaking with reporters after the conference.

He said the Eee Tablet name may also be changed to Eee Note. Asustek does not want people to confuse the product with tablet PCs.

The Eee Tablet has three key functions aimed at school students: the ereader, note taking and Internet browsing.

Asustek added writing software to the Eee Tablet so users can take notes with a stylus on the touchscreen, and onboard software digitizes those notes. The company also included a 2-megapixel camera to the device so students can take pictures of a teacher's whiteboard instead of having to write so much. It also includes a digital audio recorder to record lectures.

That's a relief. I was wondering what drugs they were on. There's no way the eeeTablet could survive at $600. Even $300 is a stretch. By the time October rolls around we'll see several decent competitors in that price range.

Also, I for one kept getting the eeeTablet confused with the eeePad. That was not a good name choice.

Asus announces eeePad, eeeTablet at Computex

Asus held a press conference today at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. Among the many products mentioned were the eeePad and the eeeTablet. One is a LCD tablet, sand the other is an ereader with an 8" screen.

The eeePads are a pair of Windows 7 tablets with 10" and 12" screens. I'm not going to cover them because  of the screen size and OS. The eeePad (as hardware) is a little too far outside the category of ereader. If you want to learn more then you should check out Engadget.

BTW, if you're wondering why I cover the iPad but not the eeePad it's because the iPad is the exception to the rule. It has a larger user base, more support from developers, and a better user experience than I expect from Win7 tablets. And I don't really cover the iPad, I cover iPad apps.

The eeeTablet, on the other hand, has an unique 8" LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 768x1024. There's no backlight, but it does have 64 levels of grayscale. There's also a microSD card slot and a 2 megapixel camera. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours, and Engadget reported that the eeePad was quite heavy.

Check out their video:

http://www.viddler.com/explore/engadget/videos/1454/

P.S. There was something missing from the press conference. Asus released pictures of their 9" ereader some time back, but it's not mentioned here.I don't know why, but I know a couple people who are at Computex and I've asked them to follow up.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/31/asus-eee-pad-ep101tc-and-ep121-hands-on/