Asus sets date for Eee Pad

Asustek Computer’s chairman Jerry Chen has announced the Eee Pad will start being shipped to retailers in the third quarter of 2010, reports Digitimes.

Asustek announced the tablet PC at the end of March. The Eee Pad will be based on Google’s open source Android OS and will employ the services of Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform. Asus will present the Eee Pad during this year’s Computex trade show, which will find place in Taiwan during the first five days of June.

In contrast to Apple’s iPad, the Eee Pad will have a USB slot or two, a webcam and support Adobe Flash. Tablet PCs will apparently cannibalise notebook demand by 10 to 20 percent. Total shipments are expected to amount to 300.000 Eee pads, while the price is expected to be around $500, when bought with a contract from a mobile operator.

Asustek has also upped its targets, writes Taiwan Economic News. The company expects to ship 2.2 million notebooks this year, 40 percent more than previously expected. Asustek had originally stated it would ship 1.6 million laptops. If things continue to go well, then Asus might indeed become one of the top three notebook makers by next year’s time.