Asus intros four tablets, Slider, Transformer, MeMO, Slate EP121

By on January 4, 2011, 7:02 PM
After releasing several teaser shots of its new tablets, Asus has properly greeted the devices with a press release. The company has announced four new slates that offer different feature sets depending on your needs: the Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO, and Eee Slate EP121. All will be on display during CES from January 6-8 between 9:30AM and 6:00PM at The Venetian, San Polo Ballroom - 3501A.

As its name suggests, the Slider ($500-$800, set to launch in May) packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for folks that want to use their tablet for content creation and other heavy typing sessions on the go. Key features include a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen, a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, 1.2MP front and 5MP rear cameras, optional 3G connectivity, and Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb, the update with enhanced tablet support).

Eee Pad Slider (left) and Eee Pad Transformer (right)


The 10.1-inch Transformer ($400-$700, coming in April) carries the same Tegra 2 chip, Android OS, and front/rear-mounted cameras, but it drops the slide-out keyboard in favor of an optional docking station that "transforms" the slate into a full-fledged notebook. This sounds similar to Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid, except the Transformer's dock isn't an entirely separate machine so you won't have to pay $1,300 for a hardware keyboard.

Eee Pad MeMO


Asus' Eee Pad MeMO (starts at $499, due in June) has a smaller 7.1-inch body, making it more portable than the above offerings. It too runs Android 3.0 with a "wide range of productivity and entertainment software" and an emphasis on note-taking (a stylus is included). We assume the MeMO also utilizes Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform, as the press release mentions a micro HDMI port and support for 1080p video playback.

Eee Slate EP121


Last, but certainly not least, Asus' new Eee Slate EP121 ($999, coming this month) departs from the Tegra/Android combo in favor of a dual-core Intel Core i5 and Windows 7 Home Premium. It also carries a 12.1-inch 1280x800 multitouch display with a 178-degree viewing angle, 32 or 64GB of flash storage (expandable via SDXC), a 2MP camera, one mini-HDMI and two USB 2.0 ports, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.




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KG363 KG363 said:

Those look wonderful

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Good lord that's a powerful tablet, 2.53ghz i5 with DDR3???

Cota Cota said:

I only hope they keep the power of the i5 up, or ill shoot the bunny

IAMTHESTIG said:

Nice! This looks about right! Thank you Asus for putting a nice display on these! No poor viewing angle TN panels for me, nu-uh.

I'm really interested in the Windows based one... but I wish it had that slide-out keyboard. Price is a bit high but those specs are also high, so sounds like it will beat the HP Slate 500 into the dirt.

If only you could have the option of putting Windows 7 on the lower-spec tablets. Either way, i'm very interested in these! I hope they make it to stores so I can get my hands on them before making a decision...

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

IAMTHESTIG said:

Nice! This looks about right! Thank you Asus for putting a nice display on these! No poor viewing angle TN panels for me, nu-uh.

I'm really interested in the Windows based one... but I wish it had that slide-out keyboard. Price is a bit high but those specs are also high, so sounds like it will beat the HP Slate 500 into the dirt.

If only you could have the option of putting Windows 7 on the lower-spec tablets. Either way, i'm very interested in these! I hope they make it to stores so I can get my hands on them before making a decision...

I think they didn't go with Windows 7 on the lower end tablets due to them not being powerful enough to take advantage of it.

But an 2.53ghz i5 dual core is more than enough for the high end model.

However, for $1000, I'd rather build an i7 desktop instead lol

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

My Ipad can go suck it. I WANTS THE ASUS SLIDER <3 hahaha

Can't wait to get my hands on one :3

Guest said:

Checkout the Asus Slider at 1:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkE2A-FiD54

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

a Core-i5 in a tablet? Now that grabs my attention! how do they cool it? or how hot does this thing get in your hands? sounds like something I would buy if it was a little cheaper, although nice to see some decent displays on a tablet for once as well.

hitech0101 said:

Way too costly.Would rather prefer a desktop.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

hitech0101 said:

Way too costly.Would rather prefer a desktop.

I agree, but this is a great powerful alternative to anybody already willing to shell $749 for a high end iPad.

Guest said:

Looks very nice with the I5. I wonder if it will have a decent stylus that we can write notes and fine lines. The HP's stylus is not a great writing experience. I also am very attached to my 3G capabilities on my ipad which gives me true mobile data.

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