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Asus unveils Eee Slate and Eee Pad tablets

CES 2011: One Windows and three Android tablets

Asus has announced four new tablets at CES 2011. One, the Eee Slate EP121, has a 12-inch screen and runs Windows 7, while the remaining three run Android 3.0. 

All of the new products will be released in 2011, with the Eee Slate due to launch in the US this month. There’s no word on UK availability or pricing just yet, but here’s what we do know.

Asus Eee Slate

Asus Eee Slate EP121 key specs

  • 12.1-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with 1,280 x 800 resolution
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Operating system
  • Intel Core i5-470M (2.53GHz) processor
  • 64GB Solid State Drive
  • 4GB Ram
  • mini-HDMI output
  • Available January, $999 to $1,099

These specs suggest the Eee Slate will have performance similar to a laptop, using a powerful Intel processor and a fast SSD hard drive.

Asus Eee Pad MeMO key specs

  • 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with stylus
  • Android 3.0 operating system
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Front and rear-facing cameras
  • 1080p video playback
  • mini-HDMI output
  • Available June, $499 to $699

With a 7-inch display, the MeMO will be similar in proportion to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has similar specifications as well, and should serve as the entry-level tablet option in Asus’ range.

See the Asus Eee Pad MeMO in action at CES 2011 in our first look video review below:


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Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Eee Pad Transformer key specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display, 1,280 x 800 resolution
  • 12.98mm thick
  • Up to 16 hours battery life
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing auto focus camera
  • Wireless N wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB and memory card reader
  • Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and graphics
  • 1080p and Flash 10.1 video playback
  • mini-HDMI output
  • Dockable keyboard
  • Android 3.0 operating system
  • Available April, $399 to $699

The Eee Pad Transformer appears to be a cross between a tablet and a netbook. It comes with a dockable keyboard, so you can use it like a netbook, but the display section detaches for tablet use.

Asus Eee Pad Slider

Eee Pad Slider

The Eee Pad Slider is nearly identical to the Transformer as it uses the same basic hardware, and has the same size screen.

Where it differs is in the design. Instead of a detachable tablet section, the screen slides to reveal the keyboard. It’s a very similar design to that of a slider phone, albeit a lot bigger. It will be available in the US in May for between $499 and $799.

See the Asus Eee Pad Slider in action at CES 2011 in our first look video below:


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