Today Asus announced a trio of Android tablets powered by Honeycomb, which the company referred to as Android 3.0 (not 2.4). All of the devices feature a large touch-screen, but that’s where the similarities end as Asus showed off some pretty wild designs.
Eee Pad MeMO
First we saw the MeMO which is a 7.1-inch tablet running a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It looked like your standard Android tablet, but this model came with a stylus for use with their paint and note taking apps.
The press kit we received did not include the detailed specs, but we were told the MeMO features dual-cameras, 1080p video playback, and a micro HDMI port.
The device will be available in June with prices ranging from $499 to $699.
Eee Pad Transformer
Next we saw the Transformer which is a slim lightweight tablet with a detachable keyboard. The Transformer features a 10.1 inch IPS display (1280×800), NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and full size keyboard.
Asus boasted that the Transformer had a battery life up to 16 hours and was perfect for mobile use.
The demo unit appeared to be running Android 2.3, but Asus said it will ship with Honeycomb and run their custom MyWave UI.
Look for the Transformer to be available in April with prices ranging from $399 to $699.
Eee Pad Slider
Finally we saw the Eee Pad Slider, which looks like a normal tablet but features a slide out keyboard. The Slider features the same internal hardware as the Transformer (10.1 IPS display, Tegra 2, dual-cameras) and also runs the MyWave UI.
Asus said the Slider should be available in May with prices ranging from $699 to $799.
Unfortunately Asus did not allow any hands on time with the devices, but we should be able to play with them in the next couple of days. Check back later this week for our impressions of the Eee Pad family.Show Press Release
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.