In a move that was as inevitable as rain on a bank holiday weekend, Asus has unveiled a couple of new tablet computers -- the 12-inch Eee Pad EP121 and the 10-inch EP101TC.
The larger of the two machines, pictured top, sports a dual-core Intel CULV processor and a full copy of Windows 7. We're told it supports multitasking, so you can run several applications at once, and Flash, which opens it up to a world of videos, games, applications and Web sites the Apple iPad currently .
Asus has yet to demonstrate the EP121 in full working order, so we can't tell whether using a full desktop OS like Windows 7 makes it hard to handle, or whether Asus will provide its own finger-friendly graphical user interface -- as it has on existing touch devices such as the.
What we can tell you, however, is that it's a pretty-looking thing with a shiny aluminium bezel, a thin profile and a healthy range of ports, including mic and headphone jacks and mini USB.
The 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC, pictured above, eschews Windows 7 in favour of the newly announced Windows Embedded Compact 7. This cut-down version of Microsoft's desktop OS is designed for set-top boxes, TVs and, evidently, tablet PCs.
The EP101TC will feature a custom interface layered over the top, making it look and feel a little more like the iPad. It'll also have the added bonus of Flash, multitasking and support for a host of Windows applications, making it a potential threat to the Apple tablet.
Word on the Internet is that both the Eee Pad EP101TC and EP121 will sell for between $400 and $500 (£275-£350), though release dates are still up in the air. We'll bring you more information on both devices as soon as we get it.