Asus has introduced four new Windows and Android tablets ranging in size from 7 to 12 inches and ranging in price from $399 to $1099. The top of the line Eee Slate EP121 slate holds few surprises at this point. The company has been talking about it for months. The only real news today is that it will ship this month for between $999 and $1099. The rest of the lineup is pretty interesting though.
As expected, the EP121 has a 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and runs Windows 7. It’s powered by an Intel Core i5 dual core CPU and has a capacitive multitouch display plus an active digitizer for stylus input (for handwriting, drawing, or anything else you’d be best off not using a fingertip for). The tablet also supports an external Bluetooth keyboard.
The EP121 will be available with 32GB or 64GB solid state disks, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 2MP camera, and 2 USB ports.
The smallest of the new devices is the Eee Pad MeMo with a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS capacitive touchscreen display and support for handwritten notes with a stylus. This model will run Android Honeycomb and will feature a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and support for 1080p HD video playback. It also includes a Media Phone extender, allowing you to control media playback while the tablet is still in your bag.
The Eee Pad MeMo will run between $499 and $699 when it’s released in June.
Next up is the Eee Pad Transformer, a 10 inch Android tablet with a detachable keyboard. This model also has an IPS display and will run Honeycomb, but unlike the MeMo, the Transformer will pack a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The tablet has a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera. There’s a secondary battery in the docking station which helps provide up to 16 hours of battery life.
The tablet features a 1280 x 800 pixel screen. The Transformer will run $399 to $699 depending on the configuration, making it the (potentially) cheapest of the tablets Asus announced today. It’s due out in April.
The fourth model is the Eee Slider, which at a glance looks a lot like the transformer — but instead of a detachable keyboard it has a slide-out keyboard that hangs out behind the screen until you need it. Then you can pull it down and forward to set up the computer in a laptop mode for easy text entry.
Like the Transformer, the Slider features an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, front and rear-facing cameras and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Slider weighs 2.2 pounds and measures about half an inch thick. It’s due out in May and Asus expects the Slider to sell for $499 to $799.
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Wow I like them all.
There is a typo in your headline. It should read:
“Asus launches 4 new slates, one is a definitely a tablet”
The EP121 is clearly a tablet. It has the hardware interface and the operating system and software to support tablet computing. The Eee Pad Memo is probably not a tablet, but it might be. It seems like it might have the hardware interface required of any tablet, but Android doesn’t offer very much support for tablet input. The tablet computing might be limited to certain apps written specifically for this slate. The Eee Pad Transformer is just another slate spoiled by Android. It is not a tablet. The Eee Slider is more of the same. Not a tablet, just a slate with a keyboard. Asus just made a bigger version of the original OQO with a crappier operating system. It looks like a lot of junk, which is probably a bad sign for the slate market, since Asus tends to be the leader in terms of innovation and a favorite amongst consumers. Slates appear dead on not-yet-arrival, unless of course you stick a mall-oriented brand on one and sell it to fools.
Yes, make up your own terminology then berate everyone else for not following it.
Your an idiot, Android is 10 times better then ios, and these tablets are so much better than the ipad2. I have tried the ipad2 and it is a locked down piece of junk.
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