An ASUS representative assured participants of a media event held in New York City that the ASUS Eee Pad Slider will be arriving in the U.S. before October.

The 16-gigabyte version of tablet will reportedly cost US$475, while the 32-gigabyte will cost US$575.

Engadget’s Dana Wollman heard the word herself from the ASUS representative at the said media event–and even got to play with the device.

The latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb is onboard. A dual-core, 1.0-GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB of RAM are also on board (just like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer). The Eee Pad Slider also carries a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen display (1280×800), which allows for clear viewing even from side angles.

Wollman and company, who were able to get their hands on the ASUS Eee Pad Slider, note the impressive compact build of the tablet/slate, which weighs about a kilo and is just about 13 millimeters (0.5 inch) thick.

The ASUS representative also mentioned that only a brown-and-white model will be available, although Wollman noted that the outward appearance of the device has some hint of industrial appeal yet projects elegance–even though the case is non-reflective plastic.

While examining how to open the device and its keyboard, Wollman observed a “bouncy, spring-loaded feel,” which seemed to suggest of good build quality. However, she was a little bit put off by the “loud, metallic noise” that came as she slid out the keyboard.

Because of its slide-screen mechanism, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider has a small, tightly packed keyboard and narrower space bar–and it doesn’t have a trackpad. Its sibling (the Eee Pad Transformer), however, has a bigger, wider, modular keyboard which also has a trackpad.

The Eee Pad Slider has a preloaded live wallpaper that functions as a battery indicator at the same time.

You’ll probably want to compare the ASUS Eee Pad Slider with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, both of which actually share a lot of similarities and a few marked differences.

Which of the two catches your eye?

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