updated 07:30 pm EST, Tue January 4, 2011
ASUS highlights its latest tech
Electronista is in Las Vegas for the kick off of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to bring you the latest news in full detail as it is unveiled. To get things started, ASUS is covering a wide range of new products, ranging from new heat-tackling TUF series motherboard, to the gaming oriented ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard, but the main attraction came in the form of a whole new series of Eee PC tablet devices intended to appeal to each and every user in the market.
The biggest news coming out of ASUS was undoubtedly the new collection of Eee tablet devices starting with the ASUS Eee Pad Slider which is said to be intended for mobile users seeking both tablet and traditional notebook features in a single device. The Slider features a 10.1" IPS touch-screen for finger-friendly use, as well as a full slide-out (hence the name) QWERTY keyboard for those that prefer the traditional feel and sounds from a keyboard.
The Slider is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, w an advanced mobile processor with a dual-core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GPU.
Other features include a pair of built-in digital cameras with a 1.2-megapixel lens on the front and a five-megapixel unit for the rear. The pair is intended to accommodate both video chat and digital photography. As expected, the slider utilizes the Android 3.0 operating system that operates both the capacitive touch-screen and other computing, while optional onboard 3G allows for mobile internet access.
Next up was the Eee Pad Transformer, which boasts a slim and lightweight design and the same 10.1" IPS touch-screen found on the Slider. ASUS says this the versatile Eee Pad Transformer is for people who want to enjoy multimedia on the move, but still wish to have easy access to the Web, email and other productivity applications.
The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor provides full support through the Android 3.0 operating system for Adobe Flash, full 1080p HD video conferencing and playback, web browsing and mobile gaming.
An optional docking station turns the Transformer into a traditional notebook with a full QWERTY keyboard for desktop use, while extending battery life up to 16 hours. As with the Slider, front 1.2-megapixel and rear five-megapixel digital cameras allow for video chat and digital photography, while a built-in mini-HDMI port allows for connectivity for external displays with full 1080p HD video playback.
Also in the mix of reveals is the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO, a smaller offering based around a 7" capacitive touch-screen - allowing users to slip the device into a jacket pocket, for example. ASUS intends the MeMo to be commonly used for taking handwritten notes using the supplied stylus pen as its key function.
Like the rest of the Eee tablet lineup revealed today, the MeMo also uses Android 3.0 as its operating system, and includes a mini-HDMI port means this compact device can even connect to an external display for full 1080p HD video playback.
The final ASUS Eee offering revealed today is the Slate EP121 - a device designed for users who require a highly portable handheld device that can also run standard office software while multitasking with other applications. The Slate is powered with an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, uses a 12.1" capacitive touch-screen (the on-screen keyboard can be bypassed thanks to support for an external Bluetooth keyboard for traditional desktop use) LED-backlit display with a 1280x800 resolution and a wide 178 degree viewing angle.
The Eee Slate EP121 is available with either 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage (expandable via SDXC), and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. All models come standard with 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a two-megapixel camera, two USB 2.0 ports and a mini-HDMI port for connecting to external displays.