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Asus Unveils EeePad MeMO, Slate, Slider and Transformer tablets


Asus Unveils EeePad MeMO, Slate, Slider and Transformer tablets

After plenty of rumours over the last few weeks, Asus has finally officially unveiled it's new range of tablets, the EeePad MeMO, Eee Slate, EeePad Transformer and Eee Slider.

The EeePad MeMO is a range of Android tablets available in 5in and 7in form factors. Both will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, support 1080p video playback, feature dual cameras, and will be able to make calls. The company also makes a point of the fact they have IPS LCD displays, which should bode well for image quality.

The Eee Slate EP121, meanwhile, is a 12in (1,280 x 800 pixel) Windows 7 tablet that the company claims is the most powerful in the world thanks to its Intel Core i5 470UM CPU. It will also pack in a 64GB SSD, and 4GB of system memory, so really is like a laptop without a keyboard.

Next is the EeePad Transformer, which is a hybrid tablet/laptop. It sports a 10in (1,280 x 800 pixel) IPS screen that's only 12.98mm thick and comes away from the many body of the laptop to turn into a tablet. Wireless N, HDMI, front (1.2-megapixel) and back (5 megapixel autofocus) cameras, USB, Bluetooth, and built-in card readers are all also present. It uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 hardware internally and runs Android, so this isn't quite a replacement for your fully fledged laptop just yet.

Finally is the EeePad Slider that is a 10.1in device that takes on yet another new variation of the tablet theme, this time taking inspiration from many mobile phones before. A full qwerty keyboard slides out from behind the screen, creating a device that will happily sit upright of its own accord to allow for an easy typing and viewing angle. Again, it's an Nvidia tegra 2 platform that the company also confirmed will be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

From top to bottom the tablets will be available in January, April, May and June with prices of $999 - $1099, £399 - £699, $499 - $799 and $499 - $699 respectively.

We will hopefully be hands-on with these devices very soon so we'll know if Asus has succeeded in providing a tablet for every man, or if its spread itself too thin.

Video coming soon.

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