ASUS Eee tablets

CES 2011 hasn't even officially started yet, but the Android tablet news has.  This afternoon ASUS officially announced a series of Eee Tablets, including three pretty unique Android offerings. The Eee Pad MeMO is a 7 incher running on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor, sports a capacitive stylus (and bundled with apps that use it), with front and rear cameras -- expect it in June starting at $499. The Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1-inch IPS display, houses a Tegra 2 chip, has dual cameras, and a unique docking station that incorporates a full qwerty keyboard -- expected in April starting at $399. And finally, the Eee Pad Slider has the same 10.1- inch IPS display, also runs on a Tegra 2 with dual cameras and HDMI out, and has a sliding qwerty keyboard attached -- it arrives in May and starts at $499.  All three of the new Eee tablets will be running Honeycomb, which ASUS has dubbed as Android 3.0.

This is just the tip of the iceberg folks.  We're on the floor at CES; expect to be inundated with Android goodness as CES rolls onwards.  The full press release from ASUS (with device specs) is after the break. [ASUS]

ASUS Tablet Computers — Providing Choice through Innovation at CES 2011
Chairman Jonney Shih unveils a new range of innovative tablet computers that provide a wide selection of choices for consumers and businesses alike
 
 
Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NA (January 4, 2011) — ASUS today announced four new tablet computers designed for a wide range of users and applications — The Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO and Eee Slate EP121. The new models are available with three screen sizes, and a choice of either Windows® 7 Home Premium or Google Android® operating systems for the ultimate in mobile flexibility and productivity.
 
Choice is essential when selecting innovative and technologically advanced personal computer devices. When it comes to tablets, there is a clear need for devices than can deliver a full multimedia experience with HD video, broad connectivity options and even gaming plus the broadest range of media compatibility with standards like Adobe Flash, all in a compact device. In short, there is demand for tablets that enable users to both consume and create content to help whether it is for learning, work or play. This is what the new ASUS Eee Pad and Eee Slate computer range showcased at CES 2011 delivers, choice through innovation.
 
ASUS Eee Pad Slider
Mobile users who want the best of both tablet and traditional notebook worlds will be well served by the Eee Pad Slider. This pad computer not only features a 10.1” IPS touch-screen for finger-friendly use, but also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, use-anywhere typing. It is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, the world’s most advanced mobile processor with a dual-core CPU and NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU for never-before-seen experiences on a mobile device.
 
Built-in digital cameras on the front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP) of the Slider allow for easy video chat and digital photography while the Android® 3.0 operating system makes sharing photos by internet, email and social media sites a breeze. The intuitive interface provides user-friendly control via the capacitive touch-screen and optional onboard 3G allows for go-anywhere internet access, making the Slider the ideal device for mobile professionals with work-oriented needs.
 
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
With a slim lightweight design and 10.1” capacitive touch-screen, the versatile Eee Pad Transformer is the perfect pad computer 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. A custom user interface provides easy access to the many features of the Android® 3.0 operating system, while the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 chipset provides full support for Adobe Flash, smooth HD video conferencing and playback, a lightning fast web experience and incredible mobile gaming performance.
 
An optional docking station turns the Transformer into a full-fledged notebook with a QWERTY keyboard for desktop use, while extending battery life up to 16 hours. As with the Slider, front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP) digital cameras make for easy video chat and digital photography, while a built-in mini-HDMI port makes for easy connections to external displays showing off full 1080p HD video playback.
 
ASUS Eee Pad MeMO
The Eee Pad MeMO provides the ultimate in mobile flexibility. Its 7.1” capacitive touch-screen makes it small enough to slip into a jacket pocket, yet still perfect for taking handwritten notes using the supplied stylus pen. The Android® 3.0 operating system offers a wide range of productivity and entertainment software, while a Micro HDMI port means the MeMO can even connect to an external display for full 1080p HD video playback.
 
ASUS Eee Slate EP121
The Eee Slate EP121 is designed for users who require a highly portable handheld device that can also run standard office software while multitasking with other applications. Powered with an Intel® Core™ i5 dual-core processor, the Eee Slate features a 12.1” LED-backlit display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and a wide 178° viewing angle, making it perfectly suited for both productivity applications and multimedia entertainment.
 
Windows® 7 Home Premium ensures full compatibility with a wide range of popular applications controlled by flexible input options thanks to the Eee Slate. The capacitive touch-screen responds instantly to fingertip control for day-to-day use, while the capacitive stylus offers fine precision input and control. An on-screen keyboard is also complimented by support for an external Bluetooth keyboard for traditional desktop use.
 
The Eee Slate is available with 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage (expandable via SDXC), and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. All models have 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 2-megapixel camera, plus two USB 2.0 ports that provide full support for a wide range of standard PC peripherals, along with a mini-HDMI port that is ideal for connecting to external displays.
 
ASUS is excited to announce that the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 is one of their eight products to be selected for a CES 2011 Innovations Award.
 
ASUS at CES 2011
For ASUS’ complete CES product lineup, please visit us between 9:30AM and 6:00PM at The Venetian, San Polo Ballroom - 3501A from January 6-8.
Please visit http://www.ces2011.asus.com for the latest ASUS CES announcements.
For more details about the products mentioned in this press release, please go to http://www.techinstyle.tv
 
 
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No, not really. This comment is about as legit as saying netbooks are going to kill the laptop market. These devices are designed to compliment primary systems, but will never replace them.

I'm not saying they'll REPLACE laptops, but laptops will evolve into this type of form factor, a tablet screen with a folding or detaching keyboard, there's already a few from Dell and Lenovo and such.

$399 for the Transformer is a great price. It having Android 3.0 is a nice surprise too. I'm now curious about the resolution of the screen though, hopefully it's at least 1024x600, if so, I'd probably get that tablet once I have the money.

EDIT: Wow, just learned the resolution is 1280x800 and the battery life will be 16 hours!

I doubt the $400 version comes with the dock. In the press release, it states "optional dock" so it's probably an add on cost. $400 probably gets you a "basic" slate with the potential to have a dock. That will also mean 8 hours of battery rather than the 16 that the dock allows.

Still a good deal. Sounds loads better than the Galaxy Tab and for a better price. Plus the fact that it can even use a dock like that gives it extra brownie points.

Slide looks cool. But I saw a tablet with ssd drive and windows7 premium that has my interest and i5 processor yea

Because Google is still baking the OS. The developer of the OS does not need to talk about an unfinished product when its OEM's are more then willing to do it.

No place to enter a proxy server in Android...won't work at most schools, etc.

Great product, crippled OS.

Yes, I know that. But there are some people who do not want to root their device and lose their warranty.

For all their desire to have Android in the workplace, not being able to enter a proxy is Google's failure. It is just pathetic.

Didn't know you owned a Honeycomb device already.
I'm assuming you do and that's how you know what it has and doesn't have..... and as stated above. cm roms do have this.

Dear Android Central. Check your damn spam logs and post the response I have waiting caught in your god awful POS spam filters.

I... want... that... transform. That is exactly the kind of tablet I have been waiting for. My friends and I were just talking about detachable keyboards for tablets a few days ago, then Asus read my mind ;p

So, are they going to be WiFi-only? Gotta get another contract with a provider? And if they're gonna work WiFi only, is Google gonna certify them to have the Market, GMail, etc?