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ASUS X101, to Serve as Linux Tablet Alternative

Written on August 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Despite bearing the hallmarks of a netbook, ASUS will offer its Eee PC X101 as a Linux tablet alternative.

As posted on ASUS’ blog, its X101 will serve as an alternative to small laptops despite bearing the hallmark of a netbook. First, at 0.69 inches thin and two pounds in weight, it will be thinner and lighter than a typical netbook. Second, it runs Linux instead of . While the latter has been the predominant OS for netbooks over the past few years, Linux is more suitable to ultrasmall designs which typically doesn’t have the horsepower to efficiently run the OS.

As explained by ASUS’ Eee PC Product Manager, , in a blog:

“Since MeeGo is open source we are free to tweak it so we have added a consolidated MyZone social networking hub and directly injected our Cloud services such as @Vibe and Cloud storage.”

Third, the ASUS Eee PC X101 does not have Ethernet ports and VGA. Brian Tang further explains:

“Despite being shaped like a regular Netbook, the target market is more towards tablets. With this in mind we’ve taken the step to remove the VGA and Ethernet ports in order to fit the X101 into its new ultra-slim profile.”

ASUS X101 also the following:

– 10.1-inch LED display
– Intel Atom N435 or N455 processor
– 1GB of memory
– 8GB solid-state drive
– Bluetooth, camera
– Two USB 2.0 ports
– Four-hour battery life (3-cell standard)

While the release wasn’t announced yet, it is safe to say that the Linux alternative will arrive soon since the blog was posted “in preparation for the X101 launch.” ASUS will also offer the X101H, a model with Windows 7 as a starter, with more storage, with Ethernet ports and VGA. However, it will not be sleek, and will most likely address a market that is on its last leg — at least in the US.

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