Computex 2010 : Meet The Asus Eee Pad, The Latest iPad Wannabe

Taiwanese PC manufacturer, Asustek, has showcased its latest tablet device, the Eee Pad, a diminutive PC that runs Windows 7 and will be pitched against Apple's popular iPad which has already sold more than two million units in 60 days.

In a move that surprised many, Asus has decided to use an Intel CULV Core 2 Duo processor rather than a low power dual core Atom Pinetrail to power the tablet.

A 10-inch model, the EP101TC and a 12-inch one, the EP121, will be available with both offering 10 hours worth of battery life. The former weighs only 675g and is a mere 12.1mm and will run on a different version of Windows 7, Embedded Compact edition.

Like the iPad, the Eee Pad will offer both a virtual keyboard and a special docking station with a keyboard for faster text input. The device will come with WiFi and a stylus plus a front-facing camera and support for Flash.

We also noticed that it comes with a HDMI, USB, memory card reader and what appears to be a 3G SIM module.

The Eee Pad will apparently be launched next year for around £275, which is roughly £150 less than an entry level iPad. As for why it will be released next year rather than now, well, Engadget writes that the devices appear to be significantly buggy.