The Asus Eee Slate EP121 is a 12.1 inch Windows tablet, and it’s the first of four tablets Asus introduced at CES this year to go on sale. Now it’s also the first to begin shipping. While you’ve been able to pre-order the tablet from Amazon since January 5th, the retailer now has it in stock, and according to my Amazon Affiliate records, at least three Liliputing readers have placed orders which have now shipped.
The Eee Slate EP121 has a 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display with an eletromagnetic panel and stylus for precise input. It’s powered by a dual core Intel i5-U470um processor and supports 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 memory. The tablet is available with 32GB or 64GB solid state disks, and supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and has a 2MP webcam.
There are 2 USB 2.- ports, a mic and headphone combo jack, a mini HDMI port, and a flash card reader. The tablet has a 34Whr battery which Asus says should be good for 2.4 to 4.5 hours of run time. The EP121 measures 12.3″ x 8.2″ 0.7″ and weighs 2.6 pounds. The tablet also comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and a carrying case.
You can order the 32GB model for $999 from Amazon. The 64GB model is currently out of stock, but it goes for $1099.
Update: I’ve received confirmation from Asus that the EP121 has started shipping. Amazon sold out of its initial stock and more units are on the way.