Asus 10-inch touchscreen PC meets the iPad head-on
The second of Asus' touchscreen tablet PCs to be unveiled at Computex, Taiwan (the first being the EP121) has a 10-inch screen, and is therefore called the EP101TC.
Being physically smaller than its stable mate isn’t really that remarkable in itself, but Asus was quite secretive about this 12.2mm-thin tablet.
What is being said is that it runs Windows Embedded Compact 7 which, in technical terms, is suggesting it’s using Windows CE, or at least a version of it. It's an OS specific to ARM-based processors, rather than the x86 processors you find in most desktop and notebook computers.
Peculiarly, though, Microsoft has only announced Windows Embedded Standard 7 so far, which works with x86 processors. A scoop, perhaps?
There are also some clues that the EP101TC is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor which is an ARM-based solution. And as Asus is claiming 10-hour battery life, it would pretty much have to run an ARM-based processor, or have a huge battery - which it didn’t appear to have - to be able to deliver that kind of lifespan.
Basically, when everything is added up, you can bet the house that it has an ARM-based processor.
Confirmed features are lighter on the ground, except the fact that it weighs in at 675g - less than Apple’s iPad, yet with a larger screen and potentially more powerful hardware inside.
The only two actual features we've spotted by looking at the cabinet was a front-facing camera at the top of the bezel and a micro USB port next to the connector for the charger, alongside a headphone jack.
It can’t quite compare to the iPad in terms of design, but judging by the early prototype on display, Asus has done a decent job with the EP101TC compared to what we’ve seen so far from other Asian companies.