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Asus steals the tablet show at CES with a quartet of incredible slates

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Asus steals the tablet show at CES with a quartet of incredible slates
At its press conference today Asus just announced the long-teased line of tablets, with the help of which it hopes to bite double digit percentage out of the non-iPad market this year. And from what we see, we don't think this is hubris.

Asus Eee Pad MeMO

Asus Eee Pad MeMO

First in line was the Asus Eee Pad MeMO - a 7-inch tablet with 600x1024 pixels of resolution, that will sport Android 3.0 (as per Asus, they probably meant Honeycomb). A big surprise is the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8260 chipset, probably the first officially announced in a tablet, unless Lenovo LePad's Qualcomm chipset is dual-core as well.

Asus steals the tablet show at CES with a quartet of incredible slates
The slate has 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1MP front cam. Since it has a dual-core chipset, you can bet the house that the camera records full 1080p HD video. The cutsy Eee Pad MeMO can also output those full HD videos via HDMI to a bigger screen.

The cherry on the cake is that the tablet comes with a capacitive stylus, as suggested by Asus's teaser video, and there are the Media Note and Painter apps to take a good use of it, for note-taking and doodling, respectively. The Asus Eee Pad MeMO will retail for $499-$699 starting in June, so we guess Asus might have meant Android 3.0 for real, after all.

Asus Eee Slate EP121

Asus Eee Slate EP121

Then comes the heavyweight - Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet, about which we've been hearing for a while. The 12" powerhouse has 800x1200 pixels of resolution in its IPS display, and features a Core i5 CPU (yes, you read that right), 2 or 4GB RAM, as well as a 64GB SSD. There is a 2MP front-facing camera, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI port. The tablet sports a Wacom digitizer for use with the provided stylus.

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 will arrive in Q1 for about $999 for the version with 2GB RAM and 32GB SSD, and $1099 for the 4GB one with 64GB SSD, not a bad price for all these eye-popping specs.

In case you are wondering about the heft, this thing is 2.56 pounds (1.16kg), and is 0.67" (17mm) thick, again not bad at all. The battery life on this one we've read to be around 4-5 hours when browsing - not spectacular, but still very decent for such a powerful Windows 7 Home Premium slate.

Asus Eee Slate EP121
Asus Eee Slate EP121
Asus Eee Slate EP121

Asus Eee Slate EP121

Asus saved the best for last - two Android tablets with physical keyboards, one sliding, one detachable. They are both run by a Tegra 2 processor, which suggests Android Honeycomb will be onboard, and have 10" IPS displays with 800x1280 pixels of resolution. The Asus Eee Pad Slider has an intriguing slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera with LED flash plus a front cam, HDMI and USB ports and is just half an inch thick, but weighs considerably at 2.2 pounds. It will be available in May for $499-$799, depending on the configuration, and offers the option for 3G connectivity

Asus Eee Pad Slider
Asus Eee Pad Slider
Asus Eee Pad Slider

Asus Eee Pad Slider

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer keeps the physical keyboard, but in a detachable form with a trackpad, otherwise it shares specs with the Eee Pad Slider, only adds an HDMI port. The keyboard dock runs a spare battery, which doubles the battery life from 8 hours on the tablet alone to sixteen when in the dock. The Eee Pad Transformer will set you back $399-$699 come April.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

This tablet portfolio is a real eye-opener and we can't help but wonder what will the other rivals come up with from now on to beat Asus's Fantastic Four. CES hasn't even started at full speed yet, so we are sure there will be more room for surprises while we are scouring the floors and press conferences in Las Vegas.

source: Asus

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posted on 04 Jan 2011, 18:02

1. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)

Me likey.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 18:30

2. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Now THESE are tablets

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 18:49 1

3. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Another ipad copycat :)

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 19:07 1

4. Julio (unregistered)

i've been waiting for years for a decent windows slate to come out, and it looks like they are now starting to hit the market.

Can't say I'll ever buy an Android or Ipad based pad just because I really want to be able to run my desktop applications on a tablet. Android and Ipads and just expensive browsing machines with crappier games and applications than I can get on my desktop - why would I want to carry crappier versions of my desktop applications and games around with me?

Android and Ios can fight all they want about how many applications they have but Windows ultimately is king.

As for Ipad copycats, have to disagree - Ipad was always just a cheap pad option (and slate copy) until we can get our desktop applications and games to run on a pad i.e. Windows or Mac.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 19:18

5. pecemaloto (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)

let the starPAD- wars begin...

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 21:43

6. nerd (unregistered)

the era of tablets has begun.......its showtime..........

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 23:02

7. simply (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

cant wait till another bil company tops that....

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 23:03

8. simply (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


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