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26 April 2010, 11:32

ASUS is working on an Eee Pad

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Asus Logo Taiwanese hardware manufacturer ASUS has announced plans for a low-cost tablet PC. With a nod to the Eee PC, the low priced machine which, three years ago, helped netbooks make the breakthrough into prime time, the tablet is to be called the Eee Pad. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen plans to demonstrate the device, which will run Android, Google's mobile operating system , at Computex in Taiwan in June.

According to DigiTimes, the Eee Pad will be available in the shops from late June and will be priced at around $500. ASUS says it will produce 300,000 of these devices in 2010. In contrast to Apple's iPad, the Eee Pad will include USB ports, a camera and Adobe's Flash Player. The latter is currently in a restricted beta phase.

According to Forbes, in addition to the Android tablet ASUS is reportedly working on a Windows version. Dell is also reported to be working on an Android tablet called Looking Glass, which is expected to be launched in November. Android tablets are already being sold by Archos.

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