Asustek to enter tablet market with EeePad

Asustek will begin selling its first tablet computer in January, another example of the shift by major PC producers from notebooks to tablets.

The tablet market, led by the massive popularity of the iPad, is preparing for a massive push of products in the near future with main producers in Taiwan apparently shifting R&D resources to deal with expected demand.

It was announced today by an Asustek official, according to Reuters, that the company will sell its EeePad tablets in January, running on Windows software.  Others’ tablets will then be produced in April which will run on Google’s Android system, though prices for both are yet to be announced.

A number of other firms are seeking to get a slice of a market which Apple currently controls 95 percent of, according to Strategy Analytics, amounting to over  four million sold last year.  This market will be likely to fall once other major competitors enter the market fully.

Dell is expected to launch a number of  tablets next year, while Samsung have high expectations for its Galaxy tab. And Samsung has two other tablets with bigger screens on the go, according to sources.