Report: Asus to launch Eee Pad at Computex

The Android tablet will be introduced in June and could ship to customers by July, according to a Digitimes report.

We have the iPad. Is the Eee Pad next?

A report out of Taiwan has Asustek Chairman Jerry Shen announcing a new tablet that the company will make called the Eee Pad, which will be an iPad competitor, according to Digitimes. The device will run Android, have an Nvidia Tegra processor, and sell for between $479 and $510 beginning sometime in July. The Eee Pad will reportedly be introduced at Computex, the yearly computer exhibition to be held in Taiwan in early June.

Forbes reported in March that several tablets are on the way from Asus.

"Eee" is the name for the company's consumer devices, which include the original Netbook, the EeePC, and has been extended to a number of computers like the EeeTop, an all-in-one desktop PC.

The company's U.S. spokeswoman didn't have any additional information about the product, but we'll post more info if we get it.

Android-based tablets aimed at providing competition for Apple's iPad have been talked about a lot, but few have actually begun shipping. Archos released one last year, and on Thursday Engadget got its hands on some internal Dell documents that show a 7-inch Android and Tegra-based tablet the company is apparently planning to release in November.

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