At the start of Computex ASUS unveiled its two tiered approach to an iPad competitor: the 12" Eee Pad running Windows 7 Home Premium on an Intel CULV Core 2 Duo, and the 10" model running Windows Embedded Compact 7 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2. Yesterday ASUS answered some additional questions we had about the models:

- Both Eee Pads have a 1366 x 768 resolution

- Both support 802.11 b/g/n with optional 3G

- 1080p H.264 decode acceleration is supported on both platforms.

- The 10" Eee Pad will not support MKVs at this time

I also got clarification on the minimum focus distance for the camera on the Eee Pad. It's 10cm, not 10mm as ASUS originally told us.

There's nothing terribly surprising about these details, but the lack of MKV support out of the box for the 10" Eee Pad is disappointing. There's enough ambiguity in ASUS' statement to not give up all hope, but I'm not sure this will be the play anything iPad alternative that many were hoping for from the first Tegra 2 tablets.

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  • hvakrg - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    And I love them for that, this is a big step towards getting mkv as something that's supported in "all devices".
  • Deanjo - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    Very bad choice of words in this article. So is it the container (MKV) or the codecs that are usually used in a MKV container that are not supported? Video acceleration doesn't care about he container but the codec used on the streams. By saying "Doesn't support MKV" it leaves the option of using the same video stream and audio stream in a avi container.

    Clarification is definiately needed here.

    Is it:

    It doesn't support the container OR
    it doesn't support the codecs typically found in a MKV container
  • hvakrg - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - link

    I'm pretty sure it's the container that's the problem, atleast if we take a look at other places like the PS3 and Xbox 360 where mkv isn't supported either.
  • beginner99 - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    yeah, you obviously never download any HD-content. It the de-facto standard for ripped blu-rays and also TV series captured from HD-TV (720p).
    I somewhere read Bittorrent is already like 35 % of total Internet traffic. I would say at least have of it is HD-Movies and HD TV Series. So mkv's lead to like ~17% of total Inet traffic.
    (ok, pretty rough estimate because other sources like rapidshare are ignored)
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    You're not internet savvy. At all.
  • ProDigit - Saturday, June 5, 2010 - link

    I've seen several!
    MKV should work on any Windows machine, since it comes with the CCCCodec pack.
    If it runs linux, then you might not be able to see MKV (that is, if it is not available to that Linux version), but neither can you play DX10 games, program in MS VB, or do just about anything Windows that is cpu intensive...
  • koenshaku - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    Apparently this will be the tablet I buy, but saying it doesn't support MKV is curious I mean its windows 7.. Wouldn't you just simply download a codec pack? There is nothing that prevents you perhaps they're referring to a preinstalled asus movie player that doesn't support it.
  • therealnickdanger - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    The 10" Tegra 2 device, presumably using Android, is what doesn't natively support .MKV.
  • hvakrg - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    It's Windows CE7 not Android. (Windows CE is the OS-line Microsoft has been using for their phones and Zune devices)
  • sweatshopking - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - link

    it isnt that it doesnt support it, i think the big deal is the hardware acceleration. chances are these things will stutter like crazy at 1080p

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