A mule is the hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. The West was won with these strong pack animals. We’re beginning to see hybrids combining the DNA of the tablet, notebook, and netbook. I like this idea.
The photo below depicts the new Asus Eee Pad, announced at CES. This new tablet hybrid has an optional docking station that offers full QWERTY keyboard, touchpad and Android buttons, transforming the Eee Pad into a “full-fledged notebook” for mobile productivity.
Just 12.98mm thick and weighs 1.5 pounds (680g), this Honeycomb tablet comes pre-loaded with the Polaris Office 3.0 mobile office suite allowing users to edit various types of office documents on the go. Asus claims that the new Eee Pad Transformer tablet will provide 9.5 hours of battery life and it will be extended to 16 hours with dock.
We’ll see how the market reacts. The ability of the Eee Pad to work as an entry-level productivity notebook during the day followed by lug-around tablet use at night makes sense, like a work-to-evening outfit of clothes.
I have tablets and I have notebooks. If I had to have one device, it might well be a hybrid.
Let’s see how this new hybrid category plays out among the hundreds of devices yet to launch this year.