Asus has announced/revealed their long-touted 8.9″ Tablet PC/convertible netbook. They are calling it the “Asus Eee PC T91 Touch Netbook” and it could very well be the highest profile netbook convertible we’ve seen. We haven’t seen many – the closest we’ve seen is the Gigabyte M912.
– 8.9″ LED-Backlit Touchscreen/Panel
– Intel Atom Z520 (1.33GHz)
– Microsoft Windows XP Home
– TV Tuner
– Internal GPS
It’s 1″ (25.4mm) thick and weighs around 2 pounds (0.9kg). The transition between Tablet PC form factor and conventional/laptop form factor looks very smooth, going by the video Engadget has up.
It looks like they’ve developed what they are calling a “Touch Mode Launcher” for launching software. Windows XP Home does include Touch/Tablet PC functionality as of Service Pack 2 (and you can see the special touch mode software Asus has installed during the video).
The video demonstrates the T91 operating in the “flat” Tablet PC mode. There are what appear to be buttons around the edge of the screen (possibly for helping with the convertible aspect and/or chaning from portrait to landscape mode).
This has been coming (and has been expected) for quite a while, we’ve mentioned Asustek references to an Eee PC Tablet in the past:
– Oct 21, 2008: Interview with ASUS CEO, Eee PC Plans
– Jul 29, 2008: Asus Eee PC Roadmap
– May 24, 2008: Asus Eee PC â€¦ Touchscreen and/or Tablet?
View the video: Engadget