New Asus Eee PC T101MT is a multi-touch convertible Windows 7 tablet/netbook

New Asus Eee PC T101MT is a multi-touch convertible Windows 7 tablet/netbook

Summary: 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.

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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.

[Via HotHardware]

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Tablets

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  • Linux

    Can you get it with Linux?
    gogalthorp
  • SWEET!

    I'd be happy to take a look at one - when they're released.

    If it's as good as their previous offerings, it could be just the start of some serious iPad pwnage..
    Wolfie2K3
  • Weight!

    Thats important, if you want such touch based device to compete with iPad.
    ArnavM
    • True, however

      that does not mean it needs to be as light as or lighter than the iPad. It merely needs to be acceptable to the user.
      Michael Kelly
      • S/he means how much DOES it weigh. Answer: 286 lbs.

        Apparently it's 1.3 kilogrammes, so if I did the math right......?
        Robert Carnegie 2009
        • 286lbs little over 113 Kilograms

          I think you got wrong specs like you math is wrong.
          --Ram--
          Ram U
          • I'm getting 130 kilograms. Whatever. - KilOgrams, my bad.

            1 kg = 2.2 lbs - right?

            http://www.convertunits.com/from/lbs/to/kg however places 1.3 kg (which may be the actual figure, to so many places) closer to 2.87 lbs. As I said - whatever. :-)

            (So the little cart to move it around on is redundant... particularly the pneumatic suspension.)

            I wasn't sure if they'd ever make this model. They seemed to have trouble producing its older little brother - and then customers had trouble getting motivated to buy one. So the new unit might not have happened.

            One drawback that counted for some people with the small model, I think - it had SSD instead of a hard disk, and not just as an option. Good in theory, but in practice an SSD is fallible - and cramped. Even though Asus burst into public attention with a Linux SSD netbook - that's right, isn't it?

            By the way, Wikipedia says "The 701 base model Eee PC 4G was released on October 16, 2007 in Taiwan". So more than eighteen months, but to me netbooks seemed to have been around for longer than that. But clearly I got that wrong too. ;-)
            Robert Carnegie 2009
  • RE: New Asus Eee PC T101MT is a multi-touch convertible Windows 7 tablet/netbook

    The blog entry says that this Asus has an Intel Atom N540 CPU. I've never heard of the Atom N540 processor. There is a new Atom N450 processor and an Atom Z540 processor. Is N540 a typo and it should be one of the others? Here is a link to Intel's Atom processor list.

    http://ark.intel.com/ProductCollection.aspx?familyID=29035
    SamNKhoury
  • RE: New Asus Eee PC T101MT is a multi-touch convertible Windows 7 tablet/netbook

    The Eee T101MT is already on sale at qbitonline. It is
    priced at about US$580. The only drawback is that it is
    only available in Chinese, but at least it has worldwide
    warranty.
    Commenter101