According to the savvy industry watchers at Digitimes, Asus is poised to launch two more tablets including the highly anticipate Eee Pad Slider in the next three months. The Eee Pad Slider features a unique hybrid form factor, with a slide out keyboard built in for rapid input on the go. It remains to be seen if Asus will be able to overcome supply constraints by the time these tablets launch, but it’s looking good. Few have fully understood the magnitude of the Japanese earthquake, and the impact it has had on the world of tech. Either way, it’s looking like production is ramping up, and should exceed previous levels sometime by late June/early July.
Here’s what Digitimes had to say:
“Having launched two tablet PCs, Asustek Computer plans to launch two more, the 10-inch Eee Pad Slider EP102 and 7-inch Eee Pad MeMo EP71 in the next three months. The EP102 will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, while the EP71 will use a Qualcomm CPU.
Asustek aims to ship two million tablet PCs in 2011, said company CEO and president Jerry Shen.
Asustek is also expected to launch tablet PCs running on CPUs from Intel as well as quad-core tablets built using Nvidia’s Tegra 3 (T30) quad-core processors, according to industry sources.
It remains to be seen if Asustek’s strategy to launch a comprehensive lineup of tablet PCs targeting all segments of the market will be effective, commented the source”
What We Think:
We know that NVIDIA is working overtime to get their Tegra 3 SoC out the door to eager OEMS and manufacturers wanting to produce the latest tech. First to receive the Tegra 3 is likely to be LG, then Motorola, and shortly thereafter Asus and others. We have no doubt that Asus is actively working on producing tablets with this advanced technology on board, as are Motorola and LG. Plus, with LG rumored to be producing the next Nexus phone/tablet, we could be seeing it sooner then we think.
Great stuff to come!
Also, chances are, if you are looking at this tablet, or are considering the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, then you also have a thing for QWERTY Smartphones too. Well, you’re in luck because we’ve taken the time to compile a magnificent three part series on the best QWERTY Android phones available! Plus, Motorola is getting closer and closer to releasing a true QWERTY Superphone – the Motorola Droid 3, as is HTC with the HTC Doubleshot. Obviously and thankfully, QWERTY is here to stay.
Video demo of Tegra 3′s capabilities. Better than 1080p? No problem.
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It’s sweet but it needs an thinkpad style mouse nub as using the touch screen while using that keyboard on a flat surface looks it its going to be a bit of a pinta
I just wish it had an intel chip so I could play with linux distros. Nvidia chips are not highly supported. I can still run debian on it but the arm / Nvidia spin of debian is not as supported as the intel one. Plus I really wanna run Linux Mint on it. Android totally holds people back from all the sweet software they could be running and the GREAT WALL OF SEPARATION is the stupid nvidia chip
Slider with Tegra 3 is a wet dream only