The Eee Pad Transformer is just starting to make the rounds, but the second Android tablet with a keyboard is on its way. Amazon Germany has posted a product page for the Eee Pad Slider, a 10 inch Android 3.0 tablet with a slide-out keyboard that tucks away behind the screen when you’re not using it.
The Asus Eee Pad Slider has the same basic specs as the Transformer, including a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive multitouch display. But while you have to pay extra for an optional detachable keyboard with the Transformer, the Slider’s keyboard is always with you.
There’s no word on pricing yet, and Amazon isn’t taking pre-orders. Instead customers can sign up to receive an email when the item is available.
I got a chance to check out an early version of the Eee Pad Slider running Android 2.2 at CES in January. You can check out a brief video showing how the sliding mechanism works after the break.
via nDevil and Tablet Community
I think Asus will do well with the slider and transformer if the price is not excessive. Asus is – IMO – a company that really innovates when it comes to small computers.
I really think they should have included a mouse joystick on the keyboard. There are times when you really need a mouse. . . despite what others might say.
Nonetheless, between this and the Transformer I think Asus is putting out the best designs to compete for tablets and netbooks.
I’m sure its patented but something equivalent to the thinkpad mouse nub would be a pretty good idea.
Asus really is putting itself into good position to take a good chunk of the tablet market. Hopefully Honeycomb runs well on both devices.
I agree. Transformer has the touchpad (if you get the optional dock of course) but this device lacks any sort of mouse or joystick to use with the keyboard deployed.
You’ll likely see such options once operating systems other than iOS and Android become more common for tablets. Like many UMPCs use an optical track point, similar to the one now used by many Blackberries, to allow for thumb swiping navigation and usually placed where someone would grip the unit for ease of use.
But for now, with very rare exceptions (seen it on some China made tablets), you’ll only see such features in Windows Tablets, UMPCs, and Laptop Dock tablets.
Though some tablets like the RIM Playbook have bezels with sensors for some additional controls, letting you swipe the bezel instead of the screen for example.
The Thinkpad Trackpoint is another option, it used to be patented (back when IBM owned the Thinkpad brand) but just about anyone can use it now but it was never as widely used as touch pads, especially now that most support multi-touch gestures but you’ll still see them in some really small mini-notebooks like Sony Vaio P, among a few other lesser known brands and not just on Thinkpads.
Palm rejection is a problem for both touch screens and touch pads though and hopefully something they will address soon.
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