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Taiwan's AsusTek launches Android-powered tablet

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 3:05am
The Associated Press

AsusTek Computer Inc. has unveiled a sleek tablet computer, after the Taiwanese firm's sales of its once popular line of mini-laptops stalled following the launch of Apple's iPad.

Friday's launch in Taiwan predates market availability in the U.S. by about two weeks.

The EEE Pad Transformer runs on the Android 3.0 operating system. It distinguishes itself from other tablet models — including the iPad and Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy — by featuring an optional keyboard dock.

Its 10.1-inch screen with a front and rear camera can be detached from the keyboard to allow users on the move quick Web browsing and film viewing. Plugging it to the keyboard dock, the device can then be used as a full-fledged laptop.

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