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Eee Pad and M Pad to join iPad in Q3

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Word from Digitimes is that Asustek will unveil their Eee Pad tablet at Computex 2010, June 1-5, and launch in the third quarter of this year. MSI will follow suit with their M Pad… after they see how ASUS does. *cough* wuss *cough*

To compete against Apple’s iPad, Asustek has strengthened the Eee Pad’s industrial design and has cooperated with Google to adopt its Android platform. Asustek will also add features that iPad currently does not support such as USB, integrated webcam, and Adobe Flash, [Jonney] Shih noted.

First, yeah, yeah, USB, webcam, and Flash support, same as everyone else’s would-be iPad competitor. That’s great but you won’t match the iPad that way. The real trick will be the interface, so it’s encouraging to learn they are working with Google to tailor Android for the larger tablet form factor. Nobody’s going to care about adding stuff the iPad doesn’t have if you can’t match the user interface it does have. Good to see they understand the challenge.

Oh, and here’s what MSI is doing: “MSI’s current strategy is to observe Asustek’s Eee Pad sales performance before deciding the strength of its shipments and marketing push.” Way to be a leader.

Via Pocketables

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

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  1. Jonathan

    04/23/2010 at 6:10 pm

    if they really wanted to make it the ” everything the iPad isn’t” they’d add pen support. Just saying.

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