ASUS also demonstrated a prototype notebook with a 4.7" LCD touchpad running off a separate system-on-a-chip, more specifically, NVIDIA's Tegra APX. The Tegra APX is a combination of an ARM11 core with additional support for high definition video decode, a 3D accelerator core, image processor for webcams and a display output.

The main display could run either a regular OS off a separate Intel Atom processor, or you could skip that and use the system-on-a-chip with its embedded OS.  The benefit for the latter is that battery life should be exceptional; ASUS claimed up to 12 hours of battery life while viewing videos, so you could use the touchpad to browse through your video library and then queue up several videos to watch on the main display, all without ever powering up the Intel Atom with its accompanying motherboard, memory, etc. The Tegra SOC uses the notebook's main battery, thus it benefits from very long battery life. Most ARM11 based devices have much smaller batteries since they have to be in far more portable enclosures.

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  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    I hate glossy bodied laptops bad enough, but glossy screened too == auto avoid Reply
  • mathew7 - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    I like the N10Jc very much and I intend(ed) to buy one, but if they bring it in a 12" package, that is a "must buy" for me. So N10 will have to wait. Reply
  • Jynx980 - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    I don't know about you, but when I saw the pics of the origami inspired notebook, first thing I thought was: "You sunk my battleship!" Reply
  • zshift - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    wow, that's quite the assortment of new products there. I have to say, I definitely love the laptop with an LCD touch pad, being able to watch videos and such for 12hrs. and the Eee keyboard is amazing, so long as battery life would be ok.

    All in all, Asus is about to make a crap load more money in the coming years, especially if they can keep the prices down on their products. Also, did anyone else notice their huge focus on "touch" technology? with this and the new BFG phobos desktop, seems like ever since the iPhone came out people are raving about touch technology. w00t for new tech!
  • Devo2007 - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    I see ASUS still hasn't figured out where the right SHIFT key goes on the T91 - that one is a deal-breaker for me sadly. Reply
  • chrnochime - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    Being a left-handed person their odd location of right shift key does not bother me at all. I just use the left shift key most of the time anyway.

    I guess that's one plus for being a lefty, amongst the tons of negatives(e.g., virtually no lefty desk in college lecture halls)
  • ssj4Gogeta - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    I like the concept of that "origami inspired" laptop. Reply
  • Zak - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    So... maybe now Asus can afford better web hosting? Or maybe even have a server in USA??? So it would be actually possible to download drivers in some reasonable time. I might consider then buying their products again.

  • Penti - Sunday, January 11, 2009 - link

    You just end up downloading the drivers directly from the manufacturer of each respective device or chip any way. Since they can't offer any support maybe they should just pay the manufacturers to directly support their hardware and link to them instead. That way at least one would get the latest drivers. Most OEMs (or system builders) are extremely bad too, I don't get it why they just don't package and auto-update the drivers properly instead. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    I've had issues with ASUS' web pages in the past, but not recently. For at least a couple years, the pages generally load fast and without issue. I'm pretty sure"> is located in the US, although the download pages ("> might still be on a Taiwan server. Anyway, give it a shot and see if it's better that last you checked before making too many assumptions. Reply

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