Asus kicked off the netbook craze about 18 months ago with its original Eee PC, and now the line has graduated to Windows 7 and a multi-touch, swiveling screen that turns the T101MT into a tablet PC. The T91 was the first Eee PC that worked as a convertible tablet, but it had a smaller 8.9-inch screen and ran Windows XP, which of course lacks multi-touch capabilities.
The T101MT comes with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen that works with the bundled touch-based software as well as PenWrite technology for stylus-based interaction. It sports the Intel Atom N540 CPU, though it sadly doesn't pair that with Nvidia Ion graphics platform. You can get it with 1GB or 2GB of RAM, a 160GB or 320GB hard drive, and your choice of Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium. There are the other netbook accoutrements, like built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, three USB ports, SD/MMC card reader, and so.
But, most importantly, with its multi-touch and tablet features, the T101MT makes for an interesting iPad alternative that runs your Windows programs out of the gate and offers a physical keyboard built in when you need it. No release date or pricing info is available yet, but it should be competitive with Apple's tablet device given the T91's $500 price.