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Asus Unveils 'iPad Killer'

Eee Pad tablet features Microsoft's Windows 7 OS and an Intel Core 2 Duo chip.
Taiwanese computer maker Asus on Tuesday launched a tablet-style computer designed to rival Apple's hot-selling iPad.

Asus calls its Eee Pad EP121 "a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and Internet device," according to a statement from the company.

The device, unveiled at Computex 2010 in Taipei, features a 12-inch touch screen, runs the Home Premium version of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, and is powered by a low-voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

Asus claims its Eee Pad is powerful enough to run Web, multimedia, and productivity applications simultaneously, potentially giving it a leg up on the iPad. Asus also claims the Eee Pad can run for ten hours on a single battery charge.

Asus also provided a sneak peak at a thinner, lighter device—the Eee Pad 101TC. Checking in at just 1.49 lbs and a half-inch in thickness, Eee Pad 101TC runs Windows 7 Embedded.

Asus' decision to base its tablets on Windows 7 could help Microsoft maintain a foothold in the burgeoning market for tablet-style PCs. Hewlett-Packard earlier this year said it planned to launch a Windows 7 tablet, but reports indicate the project was scuttled in the wake of HP's deal to buy Palm for $1.2 billion.

To maximize return on that investment, HP is now said to be planning a tablet based on Palm's Web OS.

Asus on Tuesday also launched the Eee Tablet. With a 2450 dpi touch screen, the company claims it's "one of the world's most accurate digital note taking devices, and gives the user the feeling of writing on paper." Asus is also pitching the Eee Tablet, which features a built-in 2 megapixel camera, as an E-reader.

Asus did not release pricing or shipping details for its new products.