When we learned that the ASUS Eee Pad Slider just got its mandatory certifications from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently, we knew that its release date is just a few steps behind. No release date has been officially announced, but it is fairly reasonable to expect the Eee Pad Slider by fall.
ASUS initially promised to release the tablet in April, then postponed it to May, and now it’s coming this fall–hopefully with no more delays, deferrals, or postponements anymore.
Customers in the U.K., though, are luckier to have a specific month to hang on to for the Eee Pad Slider’s release in the U.K.–August, according to ASUS United Kingdom. It will be called the ASUS 3G Transformer in the U.K.
Given an FCC ID of MSQSL101, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, according to documents submitted to the FCC. Ooops! No 3G spotted, though.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, ASUS unveiled this uniquely designed device that appears to be the fruit of cross-pollinating a tablet and a notebook/netbook. Unlike other tablets, this one has a full-size keyboard that slides out from underneath. The keyboard panel also serves as a dock of some sort that props up the tablet at a comfortable angle.
Apart from running Android 3.x Honeycomb, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider will come with a 10.1-inch screen at a resolution of 1280×800. Its other features include a 5-megapixel primary camera, a 1.2-megapixel secondary camera, peripheral ports (miniUSB, HDMI-out, microSD).
Unless ASUS has changed its mind about the Slider’s processor, the tablet will be powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Rumors have been flying, though, saying that one of the reasons for the Slider’s delay was ASUS’s plan to release a Windows 7 version running on Intel’s new baby, the Oak Trail Atom Z670. Those rumors have not been confirmed, however.
ASUS achieved success with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Do you think the ASUS Eee Pad Slider will be able to surpass its predecessor’s success?
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From what I can see from the pictures, the right-shift key is undersized and that’s one of the stupidest moves Asus could make – it was a problem on the Lenovo Ideapad netbook I had and now its a problem on the Motorola Lapdock I have currently. I would be a happy camper if the HP netbook I had could connect like the lapdock does…otherwise, I’d prefer a true tablet minus the hardware keyboard over something that causes you to constantly keep hitting the up arrow when you intend to hit the shift key.