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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