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Asus Eee Pad Slider Coming Next Month


Asus Eee Pad Slider

It has been eight months since Asus unveiled its new range of tablets, and while the Eee Pad Transformer has emerged as one of the main rivals to the iPad, there has been little or no sign of another of the tablets, the Eee Pad Slider.

The Eee Pad Slider is a tablet which takes it cues from the slide-out QWERTY phones we’ve become very used to, but upscales it to tablet form. A full QWERTY keyboard slides out from behind the 10.1in Gorilla Glass screen, creating a device that will happily sit upright of its own accord to allow for an easy typing and viewing angle (up to 178 degrees according to Asus). Now reports suggest it may finally be arriving in September.

Asus Eee Pad Slider

According to Notebook Italia, the Slider will make an appearance on shelves next month in Italy, and it's safe to assume elsewhere in Europe too. The Slider will come in two variations, 32GB and 64GB with the former costing €479 and the latter costing €599 when launched.

Asus Eee Pad Slider

The speculation that the Slider is on its way is backed up by Asus putting live the product page on its website. The page confirms a number of specs relating to the tablet, including the presence of a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.1 (with an update to 3.2 promised), 1GB of RAM, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Asus Eee Pad Slider

The Slider is certainly something new in the Android tablet space and offers yet another option for those looking to combine the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop. Let us know if you think the Eee Pad Slider can emulate the success of its sibling, the Transformer or if you think it’s just another gimmick.

Source: Asus and Notebook Italia


August 15, 2011, 5:40 pm

This would definitely be the format for me.

Just shrink it to a pocketable size and dual-boot Android/Windows

Sam Wright

August 15, 2011, 7:51 pm

This tablet with a keyboard isn't anything new. Psions did it years and years ago, but are completely forgotten about these days.


August 15, 2011, 7:55 pm

We all fondly remember the Psions but sadly they're well and truly a bygone. In this new tablet era the Slider is an as yet untried form factor.


August 15, 2011, 11:28 pm

The Transformer was the form-factor that excited me, because when you just want to use it as a tablet then it's just a tablet.

The Slider is thicker and heavier whether you're using the keyboard or not.

Given that Kalel devices are due out in a few months this is also a strange time to be launching it.

I was all set to get a Transformer, but delays due to supply shortages made me decide to wait until the next gen devices come out.

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