updated 07:10 pm EST, Tue January 4, 2011
Eee Pads include MeMo, Slider, Transformer
Presenting at CES 2011, ASUS has announced four new Eee tablets. The first of these is the Eee Pad MeMO, a 7.1-inch tablet running Android 3.0. The device includes a stylus despite using an iPhone-like capacitive touchscreen, and can output video in 1080p by way of a micro HDMI port.
The Eee Pad Transformer is also based on Android 3.0, but has a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and uses an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset to accelerate graphics. Its namesake feature is an optional keyboard dock, which not only gives the tablet a notebook-like feel but extends battery power up to 16 hours. Two cameras are built into the Transformer itself: a 5-megapixel rear-facing unit, and 1.2-megapixel one meant for video chat. A mini HDMI port handles 1080p output.
The Eee Pad Slider is identical to the Transformer in most respects with the key difference of having the keyboard built in, propping up the display while in use. Although HDMI output is unmentioned, the tablet does have an IPS screen for better brightness and color representation, as well as the option of an integrated 3G receiver.
The most powerful of the new offerings is the 12.1-inch Eee Slate EP121. The machine is based on Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Android, and correspondingly has much faster specifications, including a dual-core Core i5 CPU and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Storage consists of a 32 or 64GB SSD drive, which can be expanded using SD, SDHC or SDXC cards.
Connection options include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a mini HDMI output. Some other features include a single 2-megapixel camera, and a bundled capacitive stylus. No keyboard is included by default, but it should be possible to connect one via Bluetooth or USB.
The Slate is shipping this month. The Transformer arrives in April, followed by the Slider in May, and the MeMO in June. Prices will start at $999, $399, $499 and $499, respectively, and rise based on configuration upgrades.
[Eee Pad MeMO]
[Eee Pad Transformer]
[Eee Pad Slider]
[Eee Slate EP121]