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Computex 2010: ASUS CE Products: Smartphones, Apps, iPad Killers & More

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ASUS CE Products: Smartphones, Apps, an iPad Killer & More




While we may not be physically able to bring you the latest and greatest from the Computex show floor, Hardware Canucks will be bringing you a series of quick articles which will highlight some upcoming products from various manufacturers.

In this article ASUS puts some of their consumer electronics products on display. It really seems like ASUS is a company that is able to attack any area of the market these days and their announcements from Computex go a long way to proving this.


Article Index:

Page 1: Eee Media Player / O!Play HD2
Page 2: iPad Killers? The Eee Pad & Eee Tablet
Page 3: Garmin-ASUS A10 / M10 Smartphones & ASUS App Store
Page 4: Cine5 PC Speaker / Home Server TS Mini



ASUS Eee Media


The Easiest Way to Download and View Multimedia

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The ASUS Eee Media is the easiest way to search for, download and view multimedia on the TV. It features full web browsing and peer-to-peer capabilities, and consumes very little power (below 10W with the hard disk drive plugged in), making it ideal for downloading large media files. This pocket-sized player supports most video, audio and photo file formats, and has a nifty widget mode which displays the time, weather information and news headlines.



O!Play HD2


Connect to a Cosmos of Entertainment

The ASUS O!Play HD2 supports the playback of a wide array of multimedia formats and is the world’s first media player to support USB 3.0 for ten times faster data transfers compared to current USB 2.0-based players.

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It is equipped with a large capacity 3.5” hard disk drive and NAS support, allowing it to store and stream multimedia files without any hassle. The O!Play HD2 also comes preinstalled with Opera browser, delivering live online streaming of over 20,000 radio stations. Users can now perform Google searches, visit Facebook, news websites such as CNN.com and BBC.co.uk, and download photos from Picasa/Flicker—right from the comfort on their living room sofas. In addition, the O!Play HD2 boasts full HD audio bitstream support that delivers uncompressed 7.1-channel sound output for stunning surround sound.
 
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iPad Killers? The Eee Pad & Eee Tablet

Eee Pad


Stay Perpetually Connected with the Eee Pad

Designed for the tech-savvy, on-the-go individual, the ultra-slim ASUS Eee Pad acts as a supplementary Windows-based portable tablet PC that keeps the user perpetually connected to the information superhighway. Social networking sites, movies, video-conferencing—virtually everything is at the users’ fingertips.

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The 12” Eee Pad EP121 is a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and Internet device. Powered by a CULV Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and the Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system, it handles multitasking effortlessly, enabling users to check their email and calendars, have video conferences, and process Microsoft Word and Excel documents simultaneously. The Eee Pad EP121 offers two convenient modes of character input—an embedded virtual keyboard and a special docking station-cum-keyboard—and delivers more than 10 hours of smooth, continuous computing.

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For added mobility, there’s the 10’’ Eee Pad EP101TC, which comes in at a mere 675g and a slim, pocket-friendly 12.2mm. Users can easily access their favorite applications by moving them to the main desktop. The Eee Pad EP101TC runs on Windows Embedded Compact 7—a complete toolkit with the latest Windows 7-based technologies and tools that create engaging user experiences and delivers connectivity to the Windows world. It provides a familiar full-featured experience across various connected devices and cloud computing services.



Eee Tablet


The Notepad Goes Digital with the Eee Tablet

ASUS has combined the humble notepad and e-reader to give us the groundbreaking Eee Tablet. Designed with students and mobile business professionals in mind; it features everything they need to get through the day.

With a 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, the Eee Tablet is one of the world’s most accurate and sensitive digital note taking device, and gives the user the feel of writing on paper.

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Users can use one of the built-in notepad templates and have the option to store, sort, tag, organize and browse through them. Real time text annotations can also be made on-the-fly. The Eee Tablet makes reading easy, with text file page turns taking just 0.1 seconds—nine times faster than the page turns of normal e-readers. It remains easy on the users’ eyes even after prolonged periods of reading.

The Eee Tablet features a built-in 2 megapixel camera that captures detailed images, letting the user grab screenshots of lecture slides and write notes on them instantly.

It easily syncs up with a PC or notebook via USB or Micro SD to ensure that all notes, content, and calendars are constantly up-to-date.

With a 10-hour battery life, the Eee Tablet has enough juice for all tasks. At the end of the day, users not only have an electronic notepad, but a media player and e-reader as well.
 

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Garmin-ASUS A10 / M10 Smartphones / ASUS App Store

Garmin-ASUS A10 / M10 Smartphones


Navigate the World with the Garmin-Asus A10

Garmin-Asus’ newest Android™ smartphone offers powerful, precise navigation that brings people and places together. Like other Garmin-Asus Android-powered devices, the A10 includes Garmin’s premium, turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation capabilities, making it an ideal runabout companion. The A10 integrates Google™ Mobile Services with one-click access to Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™, calendar, contacts and Android Market™, where users can find more than 30,000 applications to personalize their phone.

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The Garmin-Asus M10 meanwhile runs on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and allows users to move seamlessly from work to play. It enhances the user experience and provides access to Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which offers a vast number of Windows phone applications for download.

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ASUS App Store


While there is not much information available about this project. ASUS also unveiled their App Store for netbooks and other devices today in partnership with Intel's AppUp Center.

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Cine5 PC Speaker / Home Server TS Mini

Cine5 PC Speaker


Experience Powerful Surround Immersion in Style

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Developed through ASUS’ expertise in high-performance audio cards, the stylish Cine5 is the first PC speaker in the world to offer pinpoint surround sound with the new "Embracing Sound Theatre HD" technology. This patented technology leverages on the Cine5’s space-saving integration of an array of speaker drivers into a single bar, delivering discrete 5-channel output and enabling precise sound imaging. The Cine5 also revives 5-channel audio from any down-mixed 2-channel source for high-fidelity, multichannel audio during PC gaming or movie sessions. The Cine5 is truly plug-and-play—no software drivers and calibration are required.



Home Server TS Mini


Content Sharing Anytime, Anywhere

The ASUS Home Server TS mini allows multiple home and remote users to view digital photos, watch videos, look at security surveillance footage, listen to streamed music or upload files.

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It automatically backs up data from up to 10 home computers—with additional 500GB of capacity available online. With its unprecedented 4TB capacity, it also allows multiple users to share and store on a home server—even when PCs are turned off.

For enhanced data security, the Home Server TS mini enables full-system backups while an exclusive ASWM tool informs users of operating errors via email to facilitate remote troubleshooting. In the event of a system crash, all files are easily recovered.
 
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