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Asus unveils Eee Pad

Asus has unveiled its response to Apple's iPad with a tablet device imaginatively named the Eee Pad.

Asus has unveiled its response to Apple's iPad with a tablet device imaginatively named the Eee Pad.

The 12-inch Asus Eee Pad EP121 (Credit: Asus)

The device comes in two flavours: the 10-inch EP101TC and the 12-inch Eee Pad EP121. A third option is also on offer in the form of the Eee Tablet.

The Eee Pad EP121 is a full-blown tablet, which, like the iPad, functions as a multimedia player, e-reader, PC replacement and internet browser. It features a CULV Intel Core 2 Duo processor and comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium. The tablet accepts input via an on-screen keyboard or with a wireless docking station/keyboard combination.

On the other hand, the 10-inch EP101TC is a cut-down tablet designed to use "cloud" applications. It runs on the Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS, and weighs 675g.

Unusually, the Eee Tablet features a black-and-white display that is an LCD and not the popular E Ink used in e-readers. Asus is pitching the tablet as a "digital note taker", which lets users annotate the photos they take with the included on-board camera. The Eee Tablet features USB and microSD connectivity.

In addition to the new tablets, there are three new netbooks on offer: the 1018, 1016 and the classic Seashell 1015. The most stylish of these is the aluminium-clad 1018, while the 1015 features a soft matte finish.

Australian pricing and availability are yet to be announced.