ASUS Eee Pad Slider to arrive in September, full specs available


August 16, 2011

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider is a unique combination of tablet and notebook, featuring a sliding QWERTY keyboard

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider is a unique combination of tablet and notebook, featuring a sliding QWERTY keyboard

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Unveiled at CES 2011 along with the Eee Pad Transformer, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider tablet PC features a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 10.1-inch display. An official product page for the Android 3.1-based Eee Pad Slider has gone live at ASUS' global website, and the tablet is rumored to be released in September.

The Eee Pad Slider comes with a scratch-resistant (Gorilla Glass-protected) WXGA (1280 x 800) LED backlit IPS LCD screen, allowing for viewing angles of up to 178 degrees and the multi-touch display features technology with up to 10-finger input.

Powered via a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz CPU platform, the tablet offers 16 or 32GB of SSD storage, expandable via a Micro SD memory card reader, along with cloud-based ASUS Web Storage. Running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), it will be upgradeable to Android 3.2 and come pre-loaded with the Polaris Office 3.0 app, providing access to office documents. It will also include some of ASUS' apps tailored for sharing and playing multimedia.

The Eee Pad Slider features a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a built-in speaker utilizing SRS Sound technology and a built-in microphone. Other specs include an accelerometer, light sensor, e-compass and GPS, while connectivity comes courtesy one USB 2.0 port, one Mini HDMI, a 3.5mm audio jack, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR. Its 25Wh Li-Polymer battery delivers up to 8 hours of 720p video playback.

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider's dimensions are 273 x 180.3 x 17.3 mm (10.7 x 7 x 0.7 in) and the device weighs 960 grams (2.1lbs).

According to Notebook Italia, the Eee Pad Slider is expected to be available in Italy (and presumably in other European countries) starting from September, priced at EUR599 for the 32GB version or EUR479 for the 16GB version. The device is rumored to be cheaper in the U.S., priced at US$550 and US$400 respectively.


If only they sold one of these with full Linux on it I\'d snatch one up in an instant....


At the risk of sounding terribly ignorant. How is it this is classified as a tablet PC when it runs on Android. I guess I have always had the perception that a PC runs windows and the Android platform was a smartphone OS, really not associated with a PC can someone help me gain some proper perspective?


PC = Personal Computer. Which itself was shorthand from the IBM PC compatible. Basically an X86 based computer. Be it running Windows, Linux or now MacOSX (sorry mac fans). The ARM (Acorn RISC Machine) cpu that runs in these tablets started out life as the cpu of a desktop computer too, the Acorn Archimedes.

They\'re all PCs.

Android may have begun life on smart phones, but it has like iOS before it grown into the Tablet form factor quite nicely. Seems it\'s a whole lot easier to scale up than it is to try to force a desktop OS like Windows into that environment. Many of the lessons learned in how to make a decent touch screen phone apply equally to a tablet.

Tbh I think calling it a Tablet PC is kinda wrong - a tablet is not as flexible a platform as a desktop or even a laptop. In terms of capability it is more in line with a netbook, especially in this case. It\'s a satellite system rather than a stand alone product.

Then again I kinda like The Register\'s term \"fondle slab\". But that\'s just me.

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